Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Category: Exhibitions

Exhibition Summary

Requires All-Access or Discovery Pass

Closes Jan 12, 2020

All ages


Requires All-Access or Discovery Pass

Closes Jan 12, 2020

All ages

View nature through a new lens.

From simmering volcanoes to the whiskers on a walrus, experience the beauty and intrigue of our natural world.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, produced by the Natural History Museum in London, showcases 100 of the world’s best nature photographs. An international panel of experts selected these images from over 45,000 entries.

Striking scenes of diverse animal life and changing landscapes come into focus on immersive light panels. Trek through China’s mountains among endangered monkeys and glimpse owls in a bustling Indian city. Experience the many sides of life in the wild—at times surprising and even devastating, but also heartwarming and humorous.   

In Norway, Valter Bernardeschi hopped into the water and snapped these curious young walruses from a pole’s length away. Walruses are specially equipped for Arctic life with thick skin and whiskers that help them find clams on the seafloor.

Valter Bernardeschi / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Ten-year-old photographer Arshdeep Singh noticed owlets nesting in a pipe in the city of Kapurthala, India. Spotted owls like these would usually live in tree hollows but move into urban areas as a result of widespread deforestation.

Arshdeep Singh / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The story behind the photo

Step into the photographer’s shoes as you look a lion in the eye or imagine the spray of icy Arctic water.

Professional, amateur, and talented young photographers went to great lengths to capture these images, some waiting hours—or days—for the right moment.

Each photo has its own unique story. Viewed together, the images reveal a natural world that’s both beautiful and at risk from human actions: climate change, habitat destruction, and illegal hunting.

Uncover the stories behind the photos, as well as their inspiring messages of resilience and hope for the future of our planet.

Close-up of a leopard’s face, with its head resting on its paw as it lies on a tree branch. In the background, spots of light are visible through the green forest.

Skye Meaker, 15, photographed this sleepy leopard at the Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana. Due to habitat loss and illegal trade, leopards are now considered vulnerable.

Skye Meaker / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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