Entries have opened for the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, a global showcase for nature photography and environmental photojournalism.

The Big Buzz, by Karine Aigne the winning image in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition © Karine Aigne.

This is the 59th year of the world’s oldest and most prestigious wildlife photography competition and, for the second year running, this year’s entry fees will be waived for 50 countries to further encourage submissions from global regions that are currently under-represented in the annual competition. The competition’s 19 categories appeal to a wide range of interests and levels, from animal portraiture and photojournalism to urban wildlife and underwater worlds. The annual Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is free to enter for photographers aged 17 and under, and cash prizes will be awarded to each winner of the three categories in the young competition. The newly announced judging panel of international experts will gather in London to select 100 of the most unique nature and wildlife images. Each entry will be judged anonymously on its originality, narrative, and ethical practice. The judges are eager to encourage more submissions from nationalities currently underrepresented in the competition as well as girls, women and non-binary photographers.

The closing date for entries is Thursday 8 December 2022 at 11.30am GMT. Click here for full details on competition rules and prizes.