The global search for this year’s best wildlife photos ends this week when entries to the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition close next Monday.
Professionals and amateurs of all ages have until 8 March 2010 to submit their images into the world’s most prestigious wildlife photography competition, owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine.
The competition is in its 46th year and includes 11 adult categories such as Creative Visions of Nature, Urban Wildlife and Animal Portraits.
Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year is a new award for the 2010 competition. Photographers submit 6 pictures that tell a memorable story. They must work without the aid of words and will be judged by the picture quality as well as the power of the story itself.
There are 2 overall winners, Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Veolia Environnement Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Mark Carwardine, chair of the judging panel, zoologist, writer and photographer says, ‘People always ask me how you win. The answer is simple – originality. The judges are looking for something that stops them in their tracks, something really creative, fresh and surprising.’
All winning and commended photographers will have their images showcased in an international exhibition that debuts at the Natural History Museum, London in October 2010 before touring venues across the world.
Winning images are also featured in a special supplement to the November issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine as well as a hardback commemorative portfolio.
You can see the winning 2009 images at the Natural History Museum until 11 April 2010. It is in the Museum’s largest gallery, with photographs exhibited in a larger scale, and there are audio guides too.