From the most extraordinary animal behaviour to the wildest landscapes, the hunt is on for the planet’s best photographs in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 competition.
The competition is now open and it closes on 25 February 2013. Amateur and professional photographers can submit images for 18 categories, with 3 categories specifically for the under-17s.
To be in with a chance of seizing one of the coveted titles, photographers must produce breath-taking imagery that shows creativity, artistry and technical excellence.
Now in its 49th year, the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has showcased some iconic photos and is regarded as the most prestigious wildlife photography contest in the world.
Last year, the competition received a record 48,000 entries from photographers across 98 countries, all vying for one of two coveted grand titles, together with a share of the £30,000 prize, critical acclaim in the international media and the opportunity for their image to be viewed by millions in an exhibition that debuts at London’s Natural History Museum before touring around the world.
The internationally renowned jury includes Ruth Eichhorn, director of photography at GEO magazine in Germany, Steve Winter, previous overall winner and acclaimed photojournalist for National Geographic, and Luciano Candisani, the renowned wildlife and conservation photographer from Brazil. For the second year, the panel will be chaired by esteemed wildlife photographer and film-maker, Jim Brandenburg.
Brandenburg says, ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year has a heart and a soul that propels it constantly forwards. We are seeking out the most powerful images of the natural world, which stir within the viewer a sense of awe, wonder and emotion’.
The 2012 exhibition is on until 3 March 2013 at the Museum. Visitors can see the 2012 competition winners including Paul Nicklen’s Bubble-jetting emperors and Owen Hearn's image Flight paths that won him the Young title.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.