Almost 100 of the top entries from the world’s most
prestigious wildlife photography competition will be
unveiled this week at Canterbury Museum.
The Museum is just the
third venue outside the United Kingdom to host the 2020
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Produced and toured each year by the
Natural History Museum, London, Wildlife Photographer of
the Year showcases stunning images of the natural world
from the competition of the same name.
photographs, which range from intimate animal portraits to
inspiring wild landscapes, shine a light on stories and
species around the world and encourage a future of
advocating for the planet.
The winners of the 56th
Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition were announced
at a virtual awards ceremony in October.
photographer Sergey Gorshkov’s picture The Embrace
won him the Adult Grand Title.
The photo depicts an
ecstatic adult Siberian tiger marking her territory on a
tree. It was nearly 11 months in the making as Gorshkov
tracked rare tigers through forest in eastern
Siberian tigers have been hunted almost to
extinction in the past century, but recent unpublished
camera-trap surveys indicate greater protection may have led
to an increase in tiger numbers.
Liina Heikkinen won the Young Grand Title (15–17 years)
with an image of a young fox trying to hide its dinner from
its hungry siblings.
Canterbury Museum Director
Anthony Wright says the Museum is delighted to be hosting
“The images were a big hit with the
Canterbury public when we hosted the 2017 exhibition and
I’m sure this year’s photos will attract just as much
“The exhibition is a testament to the
natural world’s endless ability to surprise and delight
but it also contains some sobering messages around
conservation that are sure to spark
Next year’s Wildlife Photographer of
the Year competition is open for entries until 10
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is
on at Canterbury Museum from 27 November to 28 March