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25/03/2019
Wildlife Photographer exhibition returning to city

Stunning photography featuring breath-taking images of some of the natural world’s most astounding sights returns to the City of Wolverhampton this summer.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery is hosting the Natural History Museum’s 54th Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition featuring awe-inspiring images capturing fascinating animal behaviour and breath-taking landscapes.

The blockbuster show premiered on October 19, 2018, in London and it opens in Wolverhampton on Saturday, June 29, and runs until Sunday, December 1, with tickets now available to book.

In 2017, the Lichfield Street gallery hosted the 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, attracting thousands of visitors. It is hoped just as many, if not more people, will take the chance to see staggering images displayed in an ultra-modern lightbox format.

New for this year, the full collection of the touring exhibition can be seen at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. The exhibition will include 100 images that fall into eight categories: Young Photographers, Behaviours, Diversity, Habitats, Compositions, Documentary, Rising Star and Portfolio, shown alongside the Grand Title Winners.

Also new for this year is a digital display showcasing the People’s Choice Award, a display of 25 images, and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Frans Lanting, showing 17 images taken throughout his career.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said:

We are so excited to see the return of Wildlife Photographer of the Year as the highly-acclaimed show is spectacular to see, especially given that for the first time, Wolverhampton is to have the full collection of the touring exhibition. You don’t have to travel far for spectacular art in the West Midlands and I am hopeful that even more people will come and make the most of a major London exhibition on their doorstep in the City of Wolverhampton.”

Founded in 1964 and developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases the world's best nature photography and photo journalism.

Through their ability to inspire curiosity and wonder, the 100 images showcase wildlife photography as an art form. They also challenge us to consider both our place in the natural world and our responsibility to protect it.

Winning images were selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.

Now in its fifty-fourth year, the competition received more than 45,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries. Every year, the best images submitted are selected to form the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which tours venues across the world to millions of visitors, helping to ensure that biodiversity and sustainability remain at the forefront of public awareness.

Tickets cost £5.50 adults and £3.50 children (2 and under go free) and family tickets start from £14.50 (2 adults and 2 children). Concession and group booking deals are available.

Please call 01902 552055 for more information or visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk/WPY54.

Image caption: One of the 100 images in the exhibition - Cool cat by Isak Pretorius, South Africa, Highly commended 2018, Animal Portraits

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