Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year logo.svg
Awarded for Wildlife photography
Country United Kingdom
Presented by The Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine
First awarded 1964
Currently held by South AfricaGreg du Toit
Official website http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/temporary-exhibitions/wpy/

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is an annual international wildlife photography competition owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife. Its sponsored name is currently Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year. It was known as BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year from 1990 to 2003, and briefly as Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Kodak Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Prudential Wildlife Photographer of the Year. The first competition was held in 1964, with three categories and around 600 entries.[1] In 2008 the competition received over 32,000 entries from 3100 photographers in 82 countries.[1] There is an exhibition of the winning and commended images each year at the Natural History Museum, which later tours around the world. It is often cited as being one of the most prestigious photography competitions in the world.[2][3]

A book of winning entries and runners-up has been published each year since 1992,[4] with two books being published in 1994 (the first three volumes were published the year after the corresponding competitions were held). Early volumes have become quite collectable.

Categories[edit]

Photographers can enter their images into a range of categories, whose criteria are mostly based on the subject matter of the images. There are also 3 categories for under 18's, and 3 special awards. The number and name of categories changes nearly every year. In each category a winning, runner-up and several highly commended images are usually chosen, although sometimes the judges will not choose a winner or runner up in a particular category if they deem the standard of entries not to be high enough. The categories in the 2011 competition were as follows:

  • Behaviour: Birds
  • Behaviour: Mammals
  • Behaviour: All Other Animals
  • Underwater Worlds
  • Animal Portraits
  • In Praise of Plants and Fungi
  • Urban Wildlife
  • Wildscapes
  • Animals in their Environment
  • Nature in Black & White
  • Creative Visions
  • The Eric Hosking Portfolio Awards
  • The Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Species
  • The Wildlife Photojournalist Award
  • 10 Years and Under
  • 11-14 Years
  • 15-17 Years

Winners[edit]

Overall winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year from 1984
Year Title Name Image Title Country of Nationality
2013 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 South AfricaGreg du Toit[5] Essence of Elephants South Africa
2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 Canada Paul Nicklen[6] Bubble-jetting Emperors Canada
2011 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 Spain Daniel Beltrá[7] Still life in oil Spain
2010 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 Hungary Bence Máté[8] A marvel of ants Hungary
2009 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 Spain José Luis Rodríguez (disqualified)[9] The storybook wolf Spain
2008 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008 United States Steve Winter[10] Snowstorm leopard USA
2007 Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007 United Kingdom Ben Osborne[11] Elephant creation UK
2006 Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2006 Sweden Göran Ehlmé[12] Beast of the sediment Sweden
2005 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005 Italy Manuel Presti[13] Sky chase Italy
2004 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2004 United States Doug Perrine Bronze whalers charging a baitball USA
2003 BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2003 Germany Gerhard Schulz Gorilla and boy Germany
2002 BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2002 Kenya Angie Scott African elephant family watching a grey heron Kenya
2001 BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2001 Germany Tobias Bernhard Grey reef shark Germany
2000 BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2000 United Kingdom Kenya Manoj Shah Orang-utan and baby Kenya/UK
1999 BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1999 South Africa Jamie Thom Leopard with rising moon South Africa
1998 BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1998 Germany Manfred Danegger Boxing hares Germany
1997 BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1997 Finland Tapani Räsänen Common tern fishing Finland
1996 BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1996 United Kingdom Jason Venus Badger running UK
1995 BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1995 United Kingdom Cherry Alexander Blue iceberg, Antarctica UK
1994 BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1994 United States Thomas D Mangelsen Polar bear and arctic fox USA
1993 BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1993 United Kingdom Martyn Colbeck Bull elephant dusting UK
1992 BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1992 Liechtenstein André Bärtschi[14] Red and green macaws Liechtenstein
1991 BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1991 Netherlands Frans Lanting[15] Portfolio of 10 Images Netherlands
1990 BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1990 United States Wendy Shattil[16] Red fox cub USA
1989 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1989 Finland Jouni Ruuskanen[17] Red-throated diver Finland
1988 Kodak Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1988 United States Jim Brandenburg[18] Gemsbok in the Namib desert, Namibia USA
1987 Prudential Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1987 United Kingdom Jonathan Scott[19] Wild dog immobilising wildebeest UK
1986 Prudential Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1986 India Rajesh Bedi[20] Himalayan black bear India
1985 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1985 United States Charles Summers[21] Young cheetah coming to grips with its first springbok USA
1984 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 1984 United Kingdom Richard Kemp and Julia Kemp[22] Diving goosander UK

2009 Controversy[edit]

The overall 2009 competition winner, José Luis Rodriguez, was stripped of his award and his £10,000 prize following allegations that his picture of a wolf leaping a gate had been staged, using a captive animal to do so. He was also prohibited from entering the competition for life. It was, however, too late to remove the image from the accompanying book.[23]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Wilkinson, Peter; Helen Gilks (1992). Wildlife photographer of the year portfolio one. Surbiton, Surrey :: Fountain Press. ISBN 0-86343-395-2. 
  • Wildlife photographer of the year. London: BBC Books. 2006. ISBN 978-0-563-49384-6. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Competition". Natural History Museum. 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
  2. ^ Amos, Jonathan (19 October 2005). "Peregrine swoops to photo prize". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  3. ^ Chrisafis, Angelique (17 September 2002). "Wildlife photographers feted for animal pageantry". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  4. ^ Wilkinson, Peter; Helen Gilks (1992). Wildlife photographer of the year portfolio one. Surbiton, Surrey :: Fountain Press. ISBN 0-86343-395-2. 
  5. ^ "Essence of Elephants".  |http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/temporary-exhibitions/wpy/photo.do?photo=3013&category=54&group=4
  6. ^ "Bubble-jetting emperors - Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  7. ^ {{cite web|title=Still life in oil - Daniel Beltrá - Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year|url=http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/temporary-exhibitions/wpy/photo.do?photo=2793&category=56&group=4%7Caccessdate=17 December 2011}}
  8. ^ "A marvel of ants - Bence Máté - Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year". Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Wildlife Photographer of the Year wolf winner is disqualified". Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Widlife Photographer of the Year - Online Gallery". Archived from the original on 2 November 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Online Gallery". Archived from the original on 27 October 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Natural History Museum". Archived from the original on 6 January 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Sky chase - Manuel Presti - Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005". Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "Cloud of colour in the Amazon", New Scientist (1849), November 1992: 8 
  15. ^ "FFPS news". Oryx 26 (01): 58–60. 1992. doi:10.1017/S0030605300023334. ISSN 0030-6053. 
  16. ^ "FFPS News". Oryx 25 (01): 57–60. 1991. doi:10.1017/S0030605300034116. ISSN 0030-6053. 
  17. ^ "FFPS News". Oryx 24 (01): 53–60. 1990. doi:10.1017/S0030605300034669. ISSN 0030-6053. 
  18. ^ "FFPS news". Oryx 23 (02): 116–120. 1989. doi:10.1017/S0030605300022791. ISSN 0030-6053. 
  19. ^ "FFPS news". Oryx 22 (01): 64–68. 1988. doi:10.1017/S0030605300027496. ISSN 0030-6053. 
  20. ^ "Society pages". Oryx 21 (01): 63–68. 1987. doi:10.1017/S003060530002055X. ISSN 0030-6053. 
  21. ^ "Society pages". Oryx 20 (01): 63–68. 1986. doi:10.1017/S0030605300026235. ISSN 0030-6053. 
  22. ^ "Society pages". Oryx 19 (01): 56–63. 1985. doi:10.1017/S0030605300019700. ISSN 0030-6053. 
  23. ^ Booth, Robert (2010-01-20). "Wildlife photographer of the year stripped of his award". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 

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