BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 27 Oct '14

EXHIBITION NOW OPEN AT LONDON’S NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

The Natural History Museum’s acclaimed Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is now open, and will run until 30 August 2015.

The winning images from American photographer Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols and Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year Carlos Perez Naval, aged eight, feature in the exhibition alongside other shortlisted images from around the world.

Following its premiere at the museum, the exhibition will tour over 60 cities in the UK and across the world, showcasing the photographers’ award-winning images, talent and vision.

50th birthday

This year marks the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition’s fiftieth anniversary, and the winners were announced at a glittering ceremony held at London’s Natural History Museum.

‘It’s the fiftieth birthday, 50 years of remarkable competitions, I remember the very first one …it was a great occasion but it’s marvellous to see what it’s grown into… It is a true privilege to be here after 50 years of these wonderful competitions’.

Sir David Attenborough

The winners received their awards from the Museum Patron, The Duchess of Cambridge, Sir David Attenborough, wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin and renowned wildlife photographer Frans Lanting.

‘We were delighted that our Patron was able to join us last night for the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards. It was clear that Her Royal Highness is personally passionate about wildlife photography and was keen on attending the event. She seemed to enjoy looking at the exhibition and particularly talking to some of the award-winning photographers before presenting the Grand Title Awards with Sir David Attenborough. We really appreciate the support that Her Royal Highness gives to the Museum.’

Sir Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum

American photographer Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 by a panel of international judges for his serene black and white image of lions resting with their cubs in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.

Eight-year-old Carlos Perez Naval was awarded Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 for his image of a scorpion soaking up the Sun near his hometown in Spain.

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To book tickets for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, visit the Natural History Museum’s booking page. Adult tickets cost £12.60.