American Michael Nichols Is Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The Natural History Museum, London, has announced American Michael Nichols as the winner of this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, Design Boom has reported.

Now in its 50th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is awarded by the Natural History Museum and the BBC, and is one of the most prestigious wildlife photography prizes. The competition, as expected, showcases the best wildlife photography in the world. The winning images appear in the BBC’s Wildlife Magazine and other publications around the world.

Over 42,000 entries from 96 countries were submitted this year. The winner was selected based on artistic composition, technical innovation and truthful interpretation of the natural world.

Last year’s exhibition of the finalists’ photographs at the Natural History Museum attracted almost 150,000 visitors. Over 1 million visitors saw the images on a subsequent international tour.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition was launched in 1965 by the BBC; in 1984 the Natural History Museum became involved, and together the two institutions grew the competition into one of the most prestigious wildlife photography prizes in the world.

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