Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will open at the Museum of Texas Tech University on March 2. The 100 extraordinary images celebrate the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world's most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years.
"The photos tell diverse stories of the natural world and human impacts upon it," said Gary Morgan, Executive Director of the Museum of Texas Tech University. "But they are also striking works of art, reminders that the world we live in is still a very beautiful place. Anyone who has a love of wild places and wild things should see this exhibition."
The exhibition will run at the Museum through July 1.Winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries highlighting its enduring appeal.
"I am thrilled that the Museum of Texas Tech University is able bring to West Texas what is possibly the world's most famous annual exhibition of wildlife photography," said Morgan. "Each year, these photos are presented by some of the foremost natural history museums around the planet, and here in Lubbock we are able – thanks to support from the Helen Jones Foundation – to present them with free admission."
This year's 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour that allows them to be seen by millions of people.
Sir Michael Dixon, Director of London's Natural History Museum, said, "Wildlife Photographer of the Year is one of our most successful touring exhibitions, enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. The awarded images shine a spotlight on nature photography as a work of art, whilst raising questions about our crucial role in shaping a sustainable future."
The Museum is holding an amateur Texas Wildlife Photography competition in conjunction with this exhibition. Learn more about the competition here.