Wildlife Photographer of the Year Finalists 2011

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is an annual international wildlife photography competition owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife. Its sponsored name is currently Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year. The first competition was held in 1964, with three categories and around 600 entries. In 2008 the competition received over 32,000 entries from 3100 photographers in 82 countries. There is an exhibition of the winning and commended images each year at the Natural History Museum (UK), which later tours around the world. It is often cited as being one of the most prestigious photography competitions in the world.

One of the photo’s to reach this years finalists, is a photo of the one and only Migaloo


White Fella, Marc McCormack’s highly commended picture of Migaloo
(from the picture gallery).


Petr Simon’s Racket-tail in the Rain, highly commended
(from the picture gallery)

The winners will be announced on 19 October 2011 at the awards ceremony and the exhibition opens to the public at the Natural History Museum on 21 October.

See more photo’s of this years finalists in the Courier Mail picture gallery (8 photo’s)

See some more photo’s that where entered at:-

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD, UK.

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19 Responses to Wildlife Photographer of the Year Finalists 2011

  1. Texasjune says:

    I was hoping to see a photo of that big boy! Thanks for sharing!

  2. travelrat says:

    I’ve entered a couple of times, but never had any luck. Not surprising; if you see some of the stuff that ‘only’ got a Honourable Mention or a Highly Commended!

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      There certainly are some fantastic photo’s, and literally thousands entered. I went through a few in the museum link as well, and there certainly are a lot of great photographers out there. I would not like to be a judge for this, as I think they are all fantastic.
      Good on you for entering, and why not, don’t give up, you just never know. 🙂

  3. I doubt there’s an art I am more in awe of than those who are wildlife photographers. It’s so hard to get that ONE snapshot, that one moment, that one click that will be set in perpetuity. I was not aware of this contest so thanks for the story and link.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi EOSR,
      When you look at some of the photo’s it makes you wonder how on earth they managed to get that shot, especially with wildlife, animals see you coming a lot of the time, and go the other way.

  4. Selma says:

    Migaloo rocks. That hummingbird photo is exquisite. it is incredibly difficult to photograph birds, especially the hummers because they move so quickly. I always admire the nature photographers. They do such a great job!

  5. souldipper says:

    What a shot of Migaloo! It is so unique in so many ways that I hope it wins.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi souldipper,
      it’s a fantastic photo of Migaloo just below the surface, how they manage to get a photo like that I guess we will never know, but it is beautiful.

  6. Andrzej says:

    If i was looking for life in our solar system id check the seas of europa. Who knows what lurks in the deep.

  7. Andrzej says:

    Impressive mastery of Simon Peter, photographed hummingbirds

  8. dearrosie says:

    I’ve tried to photograph hummingbirds and all I get is the flower or the tree. That photograpaher must’ve spent hours and hours preparing the set up and had a lot of patience.

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  10. jayant singh says:

    Great shot..Photography is an Art..This picture proves that…Really awesome picture..

    I learnt the basic photography rules from Mr. Kishore Mamillapalli who is one of the leading wildlife photographers from South Africa. He used to say that “Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder”. If you like what you see on your camera screen, or through the viewfinder, you will like the photograph.

    There are some basic photography rules for composition. Once you know these rules, you can use them, ignore them, or break them. Follow your gut, and you will end up with spectacular, sometimes breathtaking results. Kishore is really an astonishing wild life photographer and has a great eye for details..

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