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Wild things

The annual revealing of the winners of each new Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPOTY) is one of the highlights of the photographic calendar. It attracts some of the biggest names in photography and the exhibition, held annually in the beautiful and prestigious setting of London’s Natural History Museum, draws tens of thousands of visitors. This year’s competition attracted 45,000 entries and, as usual, the 100 winning and shortlisted images take the viewer on an emotional rollercoaster as we gasp at the beauty and wonder of our natural world but are also confronted by images of cruelty and destruction. How many of the incredible creatures and environments captured by these gifted photographers will still be around for the next generation to enjoy and photograph is anyone’s guess.

There were so many powerful images this year and as many great stories behind them, but here’s a small selection. If you like what you see we recommend that you make a date to visit the exhibition, which will be open until 30 June 2019 at the Natural History Museum, London, and is also touring the UK and internationally. Visit www.nhm.ac.uk for details.

The Vision

Jan van der Greef, The Netherlands

Winner 2018, Black and White

Perfectly balanced, its wings vibrating, its tail opening and

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