Wildlife photographers are invited to enter the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which is run by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide and opens on 7 January.

Now in its 49th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography.  The competition has sections for adults and young photographers, with the latter split into three age ranges: 15-17 years, 11-14 years and 10 years and under. A panel of 15 internationally-renowned photographers and  film-makers has been announced to judge entries.

Each of the thousands of annual entries is evaluated individually  and winning images are awarded a place in the top 100 images of the year. Adults may enter up to 20 images for £20.00. Entrants aged 17 and under may enter up to 10 images FREE. Entrants will compete for one of 2 coveted grand winner titles, plus a share of the £30,000 prize fund. Winners will also go to London to attend the exclusive awards night at the Natural History Museum and 100 winning images will be showcased in a touring exhibition that will be on display in the Australian Museum between 8 June and 7 October, 2013.

Entries close on 25 February, 2013. For full details, visit www.nhm.ac.uk/wildphoto.