Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Is Back And Brilliant

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015, Natural History Museum ★★★★★

Tabish Khan
By Tabish Khan Last edited 92 months ago
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The overall winner tells a gruesome tale of two foxes. Copyright Don Gutoski

The Natural History Museum's wildlife extravaganza never fails to draw in the crowds, nor to leave them staring at images in wonder. We've been impressed every year we've attended, particularly with last year's iteration. As ever we find ourselves asking: can this edition live up to the legacy?

In a word, yes. 2015's exhibition is filled with imagery capturing life and death situations — close ups of delicate creatures and the cruelty they suffer. We were saddened by an image of stacks of ivory, standing next to one of a ranger shot by a poacher for trying to protect elephants. And it's nothing less than heartbreaking to see big cats drugged, defanged and declawed so they can perform in a circus.

What particularly impressed us with this year's crop is its originality. We've been to the last six annual exhibitions, but the photos at this one reveal aspects of the natural world we've never seen, and the photographers continue to be innovative; a butterfly is mummified in salt water; ice crystals form on a kitchen window; a meadow shimmers with spider webs at sunrise; a genet leaps between rocks, illuminated by the moonlight.

These are the kind of images that will stick in your mind until next year's exhibition.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 is on at Natural History Museum from 16 October until 2 May. Tickets are £15 for adults, concessions available.

Fish make way for a colossus of the deep, and avoid being eaten by this Bryde's whale. Copyright Michael AW
A swallow enters through a strategically placed painting with a hole in it. Copyright Juan Tapia
A beautiful contrast in this image as scarlet ibises swoop across a desert. Copyright Jonathan Jagot
This shot from below makes the crested newt look like it's navigating between trees. Copyright Edwin Giesbers,
A sad story of big cats who have had their claws and teeth removed, and are then drugged so they will perform to crowds. Copyright Britta Jaschinski.
A silhouette of a skulking fox in an urban environment. Copyright Richard Peters.
Three red-footed falcons jostle for space. Copyright Amir Ben-Dov.

Last Updated 13 April 2016