Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The last great picture
Winner: ‘The last great picture’ by Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols


There is a marvellous exhibition at Brighton Museum until 6 September. The world-renowned exhibition features 100 awe-inspiring photographs. From the majesty of a pride of lions to the tiniest of spiders, the images show nature in its most elemental and challenge our perceptions of the world of wildlife. Many of the photographs explore the effect of environmental change on nature and some of the most endangered species in the wild.

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 50 years. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. This exhibition is part of an international tour that allows the 100 award winning images to be seen by millions of people across six continents.

Extract from the caption for the winning picture:

Here the five females of the Vumbi pride lie at rest with their cubs on a rocky outcrop in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. They were used to Nick’s presence – he had been following them for six months. Making use of a specially made hole in the roof, he slowly stood up to frame the vista. He photographed them in infrared, which he says “cuts through the dust and haze, transforms the light and turns the moment into something primal, biblical almost.


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