Last chance to catch Wildlife Photographer of the Year in Southampton

Southampton residents better get snappy if they’re looking to catch the world-renowned photography competition. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year leaves the SeaCity Museum this Sunday 24 September.

The exhibition and photography competition features wildlife images from around the world curated by the Natural History Museum.

I’ve never seen this exhibition outside of London and I have tried to catch it before when I’ve been up in the big smoke.

Imagine my surprise when I saw that the photographs were touring and had come to Southampton!

I love photography so I was absolutely thrilled when I saw that I could see it on my doorstep. I decided to kept it a secret from my boyfriend and surprised him with it one Saturday afternoon.

He was chuffed, he’d followed the competition as a child and still does to this very day. What a treat to be able to see it in our home town.

If you don’t know much about the competition have a look at its website, it’s been running for over 50 years.

This year it’s been so popular that the museum received over 40,000 submissions from photographers in over 90 countries.

There are multiple categories and winners with an overall being selected as the grand title winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 and Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016.

The exhibition was stunning. Instantly you are immersed into a dark black room. Bright light boxes shine out of every corner punching through the darkness with spectacular imagery.

A lion that played with a pangolin for hours

Some images are amazing, others funny and unfortunately some are desperately sad. I hate to sound like a cliche but it really is thought provoking.

Defrosting pangolins hidden on a shipping container that were destined for the Chinese medicine market

In my opinion you don’t have to be into photography to appreciate these images. They are like something off the pages of National Geographic.

I also really like the ethos behind the competition which is echoed by the director of the Natural History Museum, Sir Michael Dixon.

‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year highlights some of the big questions for society and the environment: How can we protect biodiversity? Can we learn to live in harmony with nature? The winning images touch our hearts, and challenge us to think differently about the natural world.”
We had such a wonderful afternoon viewing the images and I can highly recommend that you catch it before it goes!
This really does deserve your support, very rarely do we get such a gem emerge from London and make it down onto the south coast.
If you can’t make the Southampton leg take a look at the 0ther dates and destinations remaining.


The exhibition is nearly over in Southampton and then it continues on it’s UK tour.

Find out where it’s heading next…

Seacity Museum, Southampton

1 July 2017 – 24 September 2017

10am – 5pm

Last admission 4pm

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

22 July 2017 – 1 October 2017

Old Big School Gallery, Tonbridge School

23 September 2017 – 5 November 2017

In November the exhibition embarks on an international tour.

Can’t make it to the show? Want to know a bit more about the winners?
Here’s a little bit about the two winners and what they went through to obtain these images.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016

 Winner – Entwined lives © Tim Laman

Tim spent three days rope-climbing the 30 metre tall tree to set several GoPro cameras that he could trigger remotely. This captured the orangutan’s face from above within a wide-angle perspective of the forest below

Wild orangutans face a crisis of habitat loss due to agriculture and logging. Combined with increased poaching for the illegal pet trade the species’ future seems bleak.

‘Protecting their remaining habitat is critical for orangutans to survive. If we want to preserve a great ape that retains its vast culturally transmitted knowledge of how to survive in the rainforest and the full richness of wild orangutan behaviour, then we need to protect orangutans in the wild, now’, says Tim.

Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016

 Winner – The moon and the crow © Gideon Knight

Gideon Knight from the UK won this category and he’s only 16, what an achievement!

Shot near his London home it shows the twigs of a sycamore tree silhouetted against the blue dusk sky and the full moon. This ‘makes it feel almost supernatural, like something out of a fairy tale,’ says Gideon.

‘If an image could create a poem, it would be like this. It should certainly inspire a few lines,’ says Lewis Blackwell, Chair of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year jury. ‘The image epitomises what the judges are always looking for – a fresh observation on our natural world, delivered with artistic flair.’

The two images were selected from 16 category winners, depicting nature at its finest, from displays of rarely seen animal behaviour to exotic landscapes. The competition is judged by a panel of industry-recognised professionals. Images from professional and amateur photographers are selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity.

Don’t miss the Wildlife Photographer of the Year while it’s in town!


*A huge thank you to Zoë Stanton in the Natural History Museum Press Office for letting me use these images!

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