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Fifty-third Wildlife Photographer of the Year Arrives at the Museum of Texas Tech University

Sally Post

March 6, 2018

The world-renowned exhibition is on loan from the Natural History Museum in London.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind. For more than 50 years, it has provided a global platform that showcases the natural world's most astonishing and challenging sights.

This world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will open at the Museum of Texas Tech University on March 2. The 100 extraordinary images celebrate the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes.

“The photos tell diverse stories of the natural world and human impacts upon it,” said Gary Morgan, executive director of the museum. “But they are also striking works of art, reminders that the world we live in is still a very beautiful place. Anyone who has a love of wild places and wild things should see this exhibition.”

The exhibition will run at the Museum of Texas Tech through July 1. One hundred winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. The competition launched in 1965 and attracted 361 entries. Today the competition receives almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries, highlighting its enduring appeal.

“I am thrilled the Museum of Texas Tech University is able to bring to West Texas what is possibly the world's most famous annual exhibition of wildlife photography,” Morgan said. “Each year, these photos are presented by some of the foremost natural history museums around the planet, and here in Lubbock we are able – thanks to support from the Helen Jones Foundation – to present them with free admission.”

This year's 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour.

Sir Michael Dixon, director of London's Natural History Museum, said Wildlife Photographer of the Year is one of our most successful touring exhibitions, enjoyed by millions of people all over the world.

“The awarded images shine a spotlight on nature photography as a work of art while raising questions about our crucial role in shaping a sustainable future,” Dixon said.
In conjunction with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, the museum is holding an amateur Texas Wildlife Photography competition. The competition is now open. The deadline to submit photos is March 22.

The grand prize is $500. The top 20 photographs will be displayed in the Museum of Texas Tech. Check the competition page for rules and guidelines.

For more information on the competition, contact Caroline Reeves at 806-834-6221 or Tiffany Demmon at 806-834-1187.


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