News - 53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition


The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will return to Edinburgh in the new year, opening at the National Museum of Scotland from Friday 19 January 2018...

Taking over the Museum’s largest exhibition gallery for the first time, this will be the only Scottish venue for the exhibition  on loan from the Natural History Museum in London. The 100 extraordinary images celebrate the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes.

Dr Nick Fraser, Keeper of Natural Sciences at National Museums Scotland, said “We are thrilled that the National Museum of Scotland will host the 53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, from the Natural History Museum in London. These captivating images offer visitors new perspectives on the wonders of the natural world, and are as arresting as they are beautiful.”

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years.

Winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. This year’s 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour that allows them to be seen by millions of people.

Sir Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum, said “Wildlife Photographer of the Year is one of our most successful touring exhibitions, enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. The awarded images shine a spotlight on nature photography as a work of art, whilst raising questions about our crucial role in shaping a sustainable future.”

The exhibition features acclaimed photographs displayed on large-format, backlit panels, as they are at the Natural History Museum’s own exhibition showing. Visitors can learn how the photographers captured their shots, and come face-to-face with some of nature’s most astonishing and challenging sights.



Find out more about the exhibition and book tickets on the Museum website
Admission: £8 adults, £6 concession. Entry is free to National Museums Scotland Members and children under 16.

Other UK locations for the tour include
M -Shed, Bristol from 21 October 2017 until 8 April 2018
Guernsey Museum and Art Galleries from 26 January 2018 until 18 March 2018
Beverley Art Gallery from 14 July 2018 until 8 September 2018

Header image: 'The insiders' by Qing Lin, China. Detail © Qing Lin.