Fresh out of London’s Natural History Museum, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year arrives at The National Wool Museum
10.12.2021

Fresh out of London’s Natural History Museum, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year arrives at The National Wool Museum

Mushroom magic by Juergen Freund (Germany/Australia) Highly Commended, Plants and Fungi © Juergen Freund
Words by Alice Ruby McDonald and Photography by Juergen Freund

The most prestigious photography event on the planet captures the wild, wacky and beautiful.

On loan from London, Geelong is now home to the works of some of the most spectacular images from our greatest photographers from all around the world, with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year opening at the National Wool Museum on 17 December 2021.

We’re huge fans of this event here at Forte, and this year is once again absolutely jaw-dropping.

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There is something truly unique to wildlife photography, the ability to capture the beauty and realness of creatures we’ve seen before but never in such a way. There are so many stories to be told just from the animals, insects and sea life that without people capturing it, we would never see.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years.

Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives over 50,000 entries from all over the world, highlighting its enduring appeal.

National Wool Museum Director, Padraic Fisher talks about it as “an exciting year, with exceptional images with no less than seven Australia photographers recognised amongst the elite entries. This is a truly outstanding achievement and demonstrates the strength and calibre of nature photography in Australia.

“Wildlife Photographer of the Year forms part of the National Wool Museum’s commitment to sharing the stories of our environment and the world around us. Raising awareness of conservation and environmental impacts, both locally and from around the world, is echoed throughout the Museum.”

Below is Justin Gilligan’s work, winner of the plants and fungi section.

 

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With the protection of the planet at the forefront of our minds, these extraordinary images will showcase just that – the extraordinary world we need to protect.

The exhibition will be running from 17th December – 15th May 2022 at the National Wool Museum, 26 Moorabool street Geelong. To get a taste of what you might experience here are the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 57 Australian Award Recipients:

WINNER
Rich reflections by Justin Gilligan (Australia) Winner, Plants and Fungi

Elephant in the room by Adam Oswell (Australia) Winner, Photojournalism

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Mushroom magic by Juergen Freund (Germany/Australia) Highly Commended, Plants and Fungi

Natural Artistry by Christian Spencer (Australia) Highly Commended, Natural Artistry

A caring hand by Douglas Gimesy (Australia) Highly Commended, PhotoJournalism

A deadly huddle by Douglas Gimesy (Australia) Highly Commended, Behaviour: Mammals

Eggs of life and death by Caitlin Henderson (Australia) Highly Commended, Behaviour: Invertebrates

The great swim by Buddhilini de Soyza (Sri Lanka/Australia) Highly Commended, Behaviour: Mammals

To find out more and get tickets head to the website here.