53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Posted: 25th July 2018

Humber Museums Partnership - 53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year


The 53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition features 100 incredible and diverse images of life on our planet. Currently on loan from the Natural History Museum, the breathtaking photographs are on display at the Treasure House in Beverley from Saturday 14th July 2018 – Saturday 8th September 2018.


In this year’s exhibition, you will find stunning images from a variety of categories. Get up close and personal with a variety of beautiful animal portraits. Look at mammals, birds and invertebrates portraying memorable, unusual or dramatic behaviour. Take a fascinating peek at urban wildlife in human dominated environments. Be taken aback by the scale and magnitude of some of the planet’s incredible land forms. You can be certain that the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will be an inspiring and thought provoking experience.


The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” immediately springs to mind when viewing the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. However, you also have the opportunity to discover the fascinating stories behind the images featured in this year’s exhibition. These include:

  • Memorial to a Species by Brent Stirton, which was named overall Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 winner. This devastating image depicts a male black rhino, who has been brutally killed by poachers for its horn. Stirton’s raw and shocking image serves as a horrifying reminder of the brutality behind the illegal trade in rhino horn.
  • Sewage Surfer by Justin Hofman, which captures a seahorse using its tail to hold onto a waterlogged cotton bud as it swims through an ocean current in Indonesia. The image serves as a stark reminder of the wide-reaching impact humans have on the planet, and highlights issues relating to marine conservation.
  • Stuck In (cover photo) by Ashleigh Scully depicts a female American red fox searching for food in the deep snow in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Foxes dive nose first into drifts, punching their way through the deep snow in order to catch their prey.




Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the largest wildlife photography competition in the world, and is held on an annual basis. The competition dates back to 1965, with David Attenborough awarding the prize to the very first winner, named C V R Dowdeswell. Each year, the competition receives tens of thousands of entries from almost 100 countries around the globe. Winning images appear on the Natural History Museum website, in BBC Wildlife Magazine, and in international publications. It is now regarded as major exhibition that tours worldwide throughout the year. As a result, the photographs have the opportunity to be seen by millions of people.




For full details about opening times at the Treasure House, please visit https://humbermuseums.com/2020amends/museum-east-riding-of-yorkshire/treasure-house-beverley/