The Natural History Museum’s 57th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition will open for entries on Monday 19 October 2020.

© Jenny E Ross, Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

This year’s competition introduces two new categories: ‘Wetlands’ and ‘Oceans’, which the organisers hope will create a further ‘call for action’ and draw entries that have a strong message to share.  Additional changes to this year’s sixteen categories include the formation of a new Natural Artistry category, to highlight imaginative approaches to beauty in the natural world. The Black and White category will no longer exist, but these images can be entered into every category.  Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition Manager Gemma Ward says: ‘We’re calling for powerful photography that will shine a spotlight on the vital role and importance of marine environments and freshwater ecosystems in tackling ecological crises. These images should truly engage the public with urgent issues facing the planet and inspire, inform and empower everyone to make a difference for nature’.

A panel of seven experts in their individual fields will come together, online, in February 2021 to select 100 of the finest nature and wildlife images. All entries are judged anonymously, and on their originality, narrative, and ethical practice. Entrants to the adult competition may enter up to 25 images for a £30 fee, which increases to £35 in the final week of the entry period. Entrants aged 17 and under may enter up to 10 images for free. Entries close at 11.30am GMT on Thursday 10 December 2020. Click here for more information.