Breath-taking images unveiled as Wildlife Photographer of the Year comes to Bristol

Breath-taking images unveiled as Wildlife Photographer of the Year comes to Bristol

The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will open at M Shed on Saturday 27 November.

16 November 2021

Image © Jonny Armstrong

On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases exceptional images of animal behaviour, spectacular species, and the breath-taking diversity of the natural world.

The exhibition at M Shed is sponsored by Precision Resources Group (PRG) with the accompanying engagement programme sponsored by the University of the West of England (UWE).

Councillor Craig Cheney, Deputy Mayor of Bristol with the responsibility for culture, said:

“I’m delighted to see Wildlife Photographer of the Year return to Bristol. From curious underwater creatures to majestic soaring birds, the exhibition ignites curiosity about the natural world and highlights the fragility of wildlife on our planet. Exhibitions like this can be a crucial tool in helping us gain a deeper understanding of the issues facing nature and the actions we need to take to protect it. 

“I would like to thank our sponsors PRG and UWE Bristol for their support, as well as the Bristol City Council culture team who work so hard to make this a success.”

With a record-breaking number of entries from 95 countries, the judges of the 57th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition had the toughest job yet. Every entry was judged anonymously on its creativity, originality, and technical excellence by an international panel of industry experts. 

Dr Doug Gurr, Director of the Natural History Museum said:

“These extraordinary images showcase the rich diversity of life on Earth and spark curiosity and wonder. Telling the story of a planet under pressure, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition illuminates the urgent challenges we face and the collective action we need to take. This year’s inspiring exhibition will move and empower audiences to advocate for the natural world.”

The competition is the most prestigious photography event of its kind. Launched in 1965 and attracting only 361 entries, today the competition receives over 50,000 submissions from all over the world. This year’s award-winning images will embark on an international tour and be seen by well over a million people. Budding wildlife photographers can submit their images for next year’s competition until 9 December 2021.

Mark Lloyd, Managing Director at PRG, said:

“Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most respected exhibition in its field, and we are thrilled to be involved in this much-acclaimed celebration of nature. We cannot wait to see what sights are showcased at this year’s event and it is a great opportunity to support a renowned part of Bristol’s culture. What an event to be involved in!”

Dr Anna Piasecki, UWE Bristol’s Head of School of Creative and Cultural Industries, said:

“We’re proud to be backing this prestigious exhibition, which will no doubt provide inspiration to those who visit, not least the younger generation, who are more conscious of nature and the environment than ever before. As a university, we hope to support and foster this interest in nature and arts. UWE Bristol already has close links with the city’s art and cultural institutions, and we’re delighted that our photography students will provide workshops to schoolchildren as part of our engagement with this exhibition.” 

The exhibition runs until 5 June 2022 and tickets are on sale now at the Bristol Museums website.

Due to COVID-19 safety measures, pre-booking a time slot is highly recommended to guarantee entry.

The exhibition and museum shop will be open after-hours on Tuesday 7 December for people who wish to visit at a quieter time. 

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