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All the way from the Natural History Museum in London, the 57th Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will be on loan at the National Maritime Museum until 5 March 2023. The collection shows beautiful flora, fauna, and animal photography – highlighting the beauty of the world around us.  

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Angel Fitor

The judges had the challenging, but rewarding task of reviewing a record-breaking number of entries from 95 counties.  Like our Head On Photo Awards, each entry is anonymously assessed by an international panel of photography expects based on complex criteria like creativity, originality, and technical excellence.  

Launched in 1965, the competition originally had 365 applicants. Today, Wildlife Photographer of the Year draws over 50,000 entries from all over the world. On the international tour, the award-winning images have been shown to over a million people.  

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Buddhilini de Soyza / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The interim Director of the Australian National Maritime Museum Tanya Bush says, ‘The museum is thrilled, once again, to host this extraordinary exhibition. Part of the joy of these images is the microcosmic perspective they give, into an astonishing and beautiful natural world.’ 

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Christian Spencer / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

‘When we are brought so close to these creatures and plants, we are reminded of both the diversity and vulnerability of life on Earth. These photographers have each captured something wonderful and powerful; it is up to each of us as to how we are moved to respond.’  

These photographs show stunning wildlife from all over the world. The exhibition reminds us how we need to take action and advocate for our planet. 

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Stefano Unterthiner / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London. The exhibition opens at the Australian National Maritime Museum from now until 5 March, 2023.  

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London.

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Open call

Festival submissions for Head On Photo Festival 2023 are open. Head On Photo Festival is an inclusive arts festival for all experience and skill levels.

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