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Join Alex as she shares some of her favourite photographs from the exhibition


Powerful wildlife photography focuses our attention on the beauty and fragility of the natural world.

On loan from the Natural History of Museum in London, these extraordinary images have been selected because they allow us to witness unique moments, encounter the diversity of life on Earth and reflect on humanity's role in its future.

Grand Title Winners 

'The moment', Joint Winner Behaviour: Mammals. © Yongqing Bao, China

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 Grand Title Winner

The Moment 
Yonqing Bao, China

This Himalayan marmot was not long out of hibernation when it was surprised by a mother Tibetan fox with three hungry cubs to feed. With lightning-fast reactions, Yongqing captured the attack – the power of the predator baring her teeth, the terror of her prey, the intensity of life and death written on their faces.

As one of the highest-altitude-dwelling mammals, the Himalayan marmot relies on its thick fur for survival through the extreme cold. In the heart of winter it spends more than six months in an exceptionally deep burrow with the rest of its colony. Marmots usually do not resurface until spring, an opportunity not to be missed by hungry predators.

Night glow, Winner Young Wildlife Photographers: 11-14 years old. © Cruz Erdmann, New Zealand.

Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019

Night Glow
Cruz Erdmann, New Zealand

Cruz was on a night dive with his dad when he saw a pair of bigfin reef squid in the shallow water. One swam off but Cruz quickly adjusted his camera and strobe settings, knowing that the opportunity was too good to miss. He shot four frames of the remaining squid before it too disappeared into the inky blackness.

Bigfin reef squid are masters of camouflage, changing their body colour and pattern using their reflective and pigmented skin cells. They also alter their appearance to help them communicate. During courtship, males and females display complex patterns to indicate their willingness to mate.



From the intense battle for survival to securing food an a mate, animals display tremendous resourcefulness. Each image demonstrates a behaviour that enhances our understanding of an animal’s life in the wild.


Animals have adapted to survive in almost every place on Earth, from snowy deserts to bustling cities to the deep sea. Together, these images showcase this diversity and uniqueness, each one exploring an animal’s intricate relationship with its habitat.

Black and White

Illustrating how the graphic nature and tonal range of black and white photography can simplify the elements, emphasise the form, create drama or add an emotional element to an image, whatever the subject.

Animal Portraits

Revealing the personality of an individual or an intimate group of animals in a thought-provoking or memorable way.

Photography has a unique ability to spark conservation, debate and even action. We hope this year's exhibition will empower people to think differently about our planet and our critical role in its future.

Dr Tim Littlewood, Director of Science, Natural History Museum, London

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Love Wildlife Photographer of the Year? Learn more about the winning photographs, go wild with fun-filled kids' craft activities, and browse our range of books and giftware relating to the exhibition. 

 Main image: © Ralf Schneider 'Sleeping like a Weddell', Highly Commended 2019, Black and White

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

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