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21 October 2011 | By: M@

Preview: Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Preview: Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

The Natural History Museum's annual must-see showcase of wildlife photography opens today. This year's selection includes over 100 images in 17 categories – best Instagram shot is not one of them.

The overall winner, Still Life in Oil by Daniel Beltrá of Spain, offers a heartbreaking scene of bedraggled pelicans coated in crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. The champion in the junior category, Poland's Mateusz Piesiak, captured a much more cheering image of two oystercatchers jostling for a morsel.

Other categories include Behaviour: Mammals, Behaviour: Birds, Urban Wildlife, the Underwater World, and more. Sadly, there's no prize for 'Cutest Animal', surely a rare instance where dumbing down would be welcome.

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 runs at the Natural History Museum until 11 March 2012. Adults £9, children/concessions £4.50.


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