The winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 have been announced. Once again this prestigious competition, now in its 51st year received a huge array of entries from all over the world – an astounding 42,000 entries submitted from across 96 countries.
Canadian amateur photographer Don Gutoski was named overall winner for his image ‘Tale of Two Foxes’, a beautiful but haunting portrait of the struggle for life in the subarctic climes of Cape Churchill, Canada. The Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 was awarded to fourteen year old Ondrej Pelánek, from the Czech Republic for his image ‘Ruffs on Display’ shot at the tundra on Norway’s Varanger Peninsula.
The awards comprise of 18 separate categories depicting nature at its finest, from displays of extraordinary animal behaviour to sublime landscapes.
We were thrilled to learn that long-standing Metro Imaging client Britta Jaschinski was awarded The Wildlife Photojournalist Award 2015 – Single Image for her moving image ‘Broken Cats’ which depicts big cats performing at the Seven Star Park in Guilin in 2012. The cats have had their teeth and claws removed, are drugged and during the show are controlled by poles with metal spikes at the end.
Britta remarks, “This was truly an arena of broken animals. These cats are probably all hybrids of captive-bred animals. The one in the centre is most likely a liger – a cross between a male lion and a female tiger. Ligers are thought to be the largest living felines, tending to exceed the size of both their parent species.”
The acclaimed show celebrates the rich array of life on our planet, reflecting its beauty and highlighting its fragility. After its London premiere, the exhibition embarks on a UK and international tour, to inspire millions of people across the world to appreciate and conserve the natural world.
Metro is proud to have once again produced all 100 Duratrans prints for the London exhibition which are viewed in lightboxes as well as those for the touring show which is due to visit over 10 towns in the UK and 35 or more around the world during late 2015 and 2016, giving millions of people the chance to view the wonderful images.
The 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition is open for entries between December 2015 and February 2016.
Exhibition dates: 16 October 2015 – 10 April 2016,
Opening times: 10.00am – 5.50pm (last admission 5.15pm)
Ticket prices: Adult £13.50; child and concession £6.75; family £36.90 (up to 2 adults and 3 children)
Free for Members, Patrons and children under 4
Images © Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London
1. Amir Ben Dov Birds / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
2. Britta Jaschinski / Winner The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: single image 2015
3. Michael AW Underwater / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015