The 100 most extraordinary photos of the natural world are on show at Geelong’s National Wool Museum

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The 100 most extraordinary photos of the natural world are on show at Geelong’s National Wool Museum

Lynx on the threshold by Sergio Marijuán (Spain) Highly Commended, Urban Wildlife
Mushroom magic by Juergen Freund (Germany/Australia) Highly Commended, Plants and Fungi
A caring hand by Douglas Gimesy (Australia) Highly Commended, PhotoJournalism
Out of the black by Cristobal Serrano (Spain) Highly Commended, Animal Portraits
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The Wildlife Photographer of the Year is currently on show in Geelong with one hundred extraordinary photos of the natural world gathered from across the globe.

A polar bear swimming half-submerged in water, an endangered Iberian lynx, a striking cephalopod. Come face to face with nature at this world-renowned photo exhibition on loan from the Natural History Museum in London.

Currently open at the National Wool Museum, there are 100 photos featuring exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. Using photography’s unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, the images shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourage a future of advocating for the planet.

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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.

As part of its enduring appeal, the award-winning images embark on an international tour that will allow them to be seen by over a million people, including those in Geelong until May 2022.

“The National Wool Museum is once again, Victoria’s only hosting venue for the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year. This is an exciting year, with exceptional images with no less than seven Australian photographers recognised amongst the elite entries. This is a truly outstanding achievement and demonstrates the strength and calibre of nature photography in Australia,” says National Wool Museum Director, Padraic Fisher.

“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.”

Now in its 57th year, the exhibition continues to showcase the rich diversity of life on Earth and spark curiosity and wonder. Telling the story of a planet under pressure, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition illuminates the urgent challenges we face and the collective action we need to take, inspiring and empowering audiences to advocate for the natural world.

The exhibition will be running until 15th May 2022 at the National Wool Museum, 26 Moorabool Street, Geelong. For more information, visit the museum website.