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Wild Nature Photography 2011

The exhibition is a non-competition presentation of the world’s best photographic depictions of nature. The project is organized annually - since 1965 – by two British institutions, known for their great accomplishments in discovery, popularization and protection of various forms of live on Earth - the Natural History Museum in London and BBC Wildlife Magazine.

The competition Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 is the biggest and most prestigious nature photography competition in the world. Works presented at the exhibition have been selected from more than 40,000 photographs (almost exclusively digital), sent by over 4,300 photographers from 96 countries (including 78 photographers from Poland). The exhibition, through presentation of outstanding photographs, shows the magnificence, drama and variety of forms of life on Earth, and inspires new generations to create visionary interpretations of Nature, full of photographic expressions.

The majority of nature photographers aspire to win award in this competition. It is presented to both professionals and amateurs – where a perfect picture contains a mix of vision, happiness and knowledge of nature, not requiring the best equipment and traveling across the world. All photographs show not only a wide variety of the surrounding natural world, but also artistic talent and patience required to become a wild nature photographer known worldwide.

The present edition of the competition included as many as 15 categories and 2 special awards. The exhibition features exclusively photographs awarded and commended in these groups.

There are 108 of them, taken by 77 photographers from 24 countries.

The photographer, who took the most amazing and memorable photo, received the official title Wild Nature Photographer 2011. Works of young photographers, aged 17 and under, were judged separately. Just like in the case of the competition for adults, the one of them who took the photo judged as the most interesting received the official title Young Wild Nature Photographer 2011.


 For over forty years, BBC Wildlife has been showing wonders and beauty of the Earth, its animals and wild places - highlighting the fragility of the planet at the same time. Every month, the magazine helps readers to get closer to wild nature and to understand, experience and enjoy Nature – the one close to home and in distant places – by showing spectacular photographs and featuring fascinating articles.

“BBC Wildlife organized Wildlife Photographer of the Year for the first time in 1965 and I am very proud of this excellent competition, which we can enjoy today” - Sophie Stafford, BBC Wildlife Editor-in-chief.

The Natural History Museum has over 70 million specimens, examined by over 300 full-time researchers and - throughout each year – by about 8,000 scientists from other institutions. It broadens the knowledge about nature, starting from exploration of deep sea biology through discovery of the origins of the solar system. It creates inspiring exhibitions in order to tell these tales about our planet, its history and life to those who depend on it.

“This exhibition is one of the most popular displays hosted by us. Visitors can see breathtaking pictures and find out about threats facing animals and plants of our planet. Protection of biodiversity of the Earth is the essence of the work carried out by the Museum” - Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum.

More information about the exhibition and Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition along with application form can be obtained while visiting the following websites and


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