The search for the very best nature images for the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 competition begins today.
Now in its 48th year, the competition celebrates the power of photography to promote the discovery, understanding, responsible use and enjoyment of the natural world.
The 2012 competition opens today and images can be entered online at www.nhm.ac.uk/wildphoto. Gifted amateurs, professionals and young photographers can enter and the closing date is 23 February 2012.
As well as the much-coveted title of Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the adult winner is awarded £10,000.
The images will feature in the critically acclaimed photographic showcase consisting of winning, runner-up and commended photographers that makes its debut at the Natural History Museum. The exhibition also tours nationally and internationally.
Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine.
The 2011 competition images have begun their UK tour at the Natural History Museum at Tring. Paul Kitching, Museum Manager says, ‘Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year is one of our most popular exhibitions at Tring and I’m so pleased our visitors will catch the first glimpse of these fantastic images from the touring exhibition. Both of this year’s overall winning images beautifully portray birds, which are of special interest here to the research and collections at Tring.’