The 2016 Wildlife Photographer Of The Year exhibition will be opening its doors to the public tomorrow (21st October 2016) at the National History Museum, London with yet another impressive collection of incredible images. With the recent announcement of the overall winner of the competition (pictured above) and a long history of delivering one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated museum exhibitions, it’s bound to be one of the must-see displays in London for the next eleven months.
The Grand Title winner is US field biologist and wildlife photojournalist Tim Laman, who shot the impressive photograph of a young, male orang-utan climbing up above the forest canopy to chow down on figs growing high up in the tree. The image was taken on Tim’s GoPro HERO4 Black with a shutter speed of 1/30 sec, aperture set to f2.8 and ISO 231. He’d hidden a number of the cameras in the higher reaches of the canopy and triggered them from the ground at the Gunung Palung National Park, Indonesia. It’s a pretty cool shot that demonstrates the evolving diversity of photography that we’re starting to see more of in the competition.
Dates, tickets and opening times
The 2016 Wildlife Photographer Of The Year exhibition will run from Friday the 21st October 2016 right the way through until the 10th September 2017, giving you loads of time to catch it at the National History Museum before it goes on its limited display UK tour. Tickets are available to buy now and will set you back £10.50 – £13.50 for adults, £6.50 – £8 for children and concessions and £27 – £36.90 for family tickets. The Museum is open daily from 10am to 5.50pm with the last entry at 5:30pm, but the final time slot for exhibition tickets is at 5pm.
About the 2016 Wildlife Photographer Of The Year exhibition
A total of 100 images have made it through the judging process of the competition, taking in a variety of categories covering mammals, birds; reptiles, amphibians and fish; invertebrates; plants, underwater, urban, land, details, impressions, black and white and photojournalism. Each section has its own winner and runner up, so you’ll get to see the most impactful shots from the competition getting the attention they deserve in the exhibition. It also presents a pretty good opportunity to pick out your own favourites and debunk the judges in their entirety.
The exhibition will also feature images from the young award, which is essentially where kids make a mockery of your photography skills by creating some very professional looking shots. There’s always a few that are literally amazing and it’s a big part of what makes the exhibition so cool.
About the competition
The Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Competition is about to kick off its 53rd year with the 2016 exhibition displaying the results of the 52nd competition. It’ll be opening for entries on the 24th October 2016 and then it’s due to close on the 15th December 2016, so if you’ve got some gob-smacking wildlife pics, you might want to get them in.
The 100 shots that made it through to the exhibition display were among a massive influx of entries to this year’s competition. 50,000 have been whittled down by the judges from professional and amateur photographers from 95 different countries, so it’s a mammoth achievement for the competition finalists to have made it through. Now all we need to do is plant some GoPros in the local park around the upper limits of squirrel activity and 2017 should be in the bag.