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Stunning images will be unveiled in Cape Town on 1 December 2015 at the 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

The shark surfer © Thomas P Peschak/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
The shark surfer © Thomas P Peschak/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015

The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will open at the Chavonnes Battery Museum, Clocktower, V&A Waterfront on 1 December 2015, featuring over 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behaviour to breathtaking wild landscapes. The exhibition will be in Cape Town until 15 April and from there it will move on to Johannesburg and Durban later in 2016.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years. Launching in the UK in 1965 and attracting then 361 entries, today the competition receives over 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. This year there are 13 images by South African finalists and winners for the various categories featured.

Turtle Flight © David Doubilet / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
Turtle Flight © David Doubilet/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015

Event organiser Sophie Dandridge says: “We are so proud to bring this inspirational exhibition of the best wildlife photos in the world to South Africa for the eighth year running! It is an incredibly important medium for every age group to be able to experience and engage with our planet’s beautiful environment and conservation issues in such a visual way – especially in the heart of a city.”

This year’s award-winning images embark on an international tour, including South Africa’s Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, that allows them to be seen by millions of people across six continents. Every year, the exhibition will return to South Africa with the most recent winners of the past year’s competition. Categories within the exhibition include the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, with incredible wildlife images taken by children in three categories: 10 years and under, 11-14 years old and 15-17 years old.

Gorilla care © Marcus Westberg/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
Gorilla care ©Marcus Westberg/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
Natural Frame © Morkel Erasmus / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
Natural Frame ©Morkel Erasmus/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015

 

On certain Wednesday evenings from 6pm-8pm, branded ‘Wildlife Wednesdays’, the exhibition will host a wildlife photographer presenting their work and inspiring an audience with their stories and photographs from the field. Entry by ticket only. Tickets available at Webtickets.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London. This prestigious event is proudly sponsored by Nedbank Private Wealth, The Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust, Themba Trees and Painted Wolf Wines.

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