#WPY55 has now closed for entries. Thank you and good luck to everyone who entered! All entrants will be contacted by the competition team in late January/early February, with an aim to contact everyone by 11th February. The 2019 jury can’t wait to get started in selecting their finest 100 images to make up the fifty-fifth Wildlife Photographer of the Year collection. The winners will be announced in October 2019.
Want to be part of Wildlife Photographer of the Year? You have 24 hours to enter the next competition, #WPY55! 😱 The competition closes for entries tomorrow morning at 11.30am GMT. There’s still time to get your submissions in, but we recommend getting started right now as it can take longer than you think. The deadline is final and entries cannot be accepted once it has passed. If you’ve any last minute queries please email email@example.com as soon as possible. Our team will respond as soon as they can. Good luck everyone!
Want to enter WPY? Time is of the essence as the competition closes in just under two days at 11.30am GMT on Thursday 13 Dec! Here’s some inspiration for you. In our latest film, photojournalist @moheim tells us why she enters, and what it means to her to be successful in WPY for the first time. Enter now and next autumn this could be you! 🙌
Want to be part of WPY? There's just two days and 16 hours left to enter the competition! We close at 11.30am GMT on the morning of Thursday 13 Dec. If you're thinking about entering your best work, now is the time to go for it! 🙌🏻 You can enter, read our rules and FAQs, meet the jury and familiarise yourself with our categories by visiting the Competition section at www.wildlifephotographeroftheyear.com.
Please note the deadline is final. Enter now to avoid last minute stress!
The mesmerizing pattern of a beaded sand anemone beautifully frames a juvenile Clarkii clownfish in Lembeh strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Known as a 'nursery' anemone, it is often a temporary home for young clownfish until they find a more suitable host anemone for adulthood.
It’s time to pick your Wildlife Photographer of the Year! 📸 Cast your vote for the @lumixuk#WPYPeoplesChoice Award now by voting for your favourite from our shortlist of 25 images via the link in our bio.
This year’s selection features the depths of the underwater world, breath-taking landscapes, photojournalism and some very memorable portraits. There’s something for everyone, so get involved now by browsing the shortlist and choosing your winner!
We’re kicking off our #WPY_Winter theme and our first image from the series takes us to the stunning setting of Lake Kussharo on Hokkaido, Japan's northern island. #WPYalumni@pgostby was successful in the 2013 competition with this shot, aptly named ‘Swan Lake.’ Each winter, large numbers of whooper swans escape the cold of Siberia and northern Mongolia, their summer breeding grounds, and migrate to the lake. ‘The restless birds in swirling mists are hugely photogenic, though the conditions can be tricky.' The mist often makes it hard to focus and to choose the correct exposure, and on this trip, sub-zero temperatures meant that Per-Gunnar's main camera body lasted only three days. For the next two weeks, he was in constant fear of his second camera body freezing up. 'The swans in this image,' he adds, 'standing on a stage of snow-sprinkled ice, looked so ethereal that the picture just had to be created in black and white.' Image: Swan lake by Per-Gunnar Ostby, Norway. Commended 2013, Black and White.
The rusty metal rod at the opening of a sewerage outlet pipe was a favourite perch for kingfishers, giving them a view of the fish below. @felixheintzenberg visited the spot many times to study them. Seeing the photographic potential of the colourful scene, he used a gentle flash to highlight this particular bird against the dark opening. Excellent hunters, kingfishers are also good indicators of high water quality. With better water treatment and bans on pollutants in some cities, these birds are slowly returning to urban areas. Kingfishers can struggle to find natural fishing perches in cities and so use whatever they can find, including shopping trollies and scrap metal.
Image: City Fisher by @felixheintzenberg, Germany / Sweden.Highly commended 2018, Urban Wildlife.
Discover more surprising stories of urban wildlife in the #WPY54 exhibition, open at the @natural_history_museum now. For tickets visit nhm.ac.uk/wpy.