Wildlife Photographer of the Year is coming to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) from Saturday 17 October 2020 and tickets are now available to book for the world-renowned exhibition which is part of the museum’s reopening programme.

Running until Sunday 7 February 2021 in the Gas Hall at BMAG (Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm), the exhibition is on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, where it is on display from 16 October, and will feature exceptional, award-winning images which capture the beauty and fragility of the natural world.

The perfect catch by Hannah Vijayan, Canada Highly Commended 2020, 15-17 Years Old © Hannah Vijayan

This is the only chance to see Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the Midlands in 2020 and tickets can now be pre-booked at

Tickets are £7.50 for adults and £3.00 for children and students, with under 3s going free. Entry to Wildlife Photographer of the Year is ticket only and includes entry to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. There is a maximum of 6 tickets per transaction, groups must not exceed this number of people in line with coronavirus restrictions. See the website for further safety guidelines.

Head start by Dhritiman Mukherjee, India Highly Commended 2020, Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles © Dhritiman Mukherjee

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

First launched in 1965, today the competition receives over 49,000 entries from across the world. The award-winning images will be seen on display in this fascinating and eye-opening exhibition in Birmingham. 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.

Paired-up puffins by Evie Easterbook, UK Highly Commended 2020, 11-14 Years Old© Evie Easterbrook

As part of the exhibition, see twelve-year-old Arshdeep Singh’s striking image of a douc, a critically endangered primate, as it maintains eye contact with the viewer, embedded in a haven of green.

Gurminder Kenth, Museum Manager at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, said: “We’re honoured to be displaying the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. It’s a world-renowned spectacle that showcases the beauty and fragility of the natural world and we’re so pleased to be able to bring it to the city.

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“This year in particular many of us have connected with the environment like never before, exploring the nature on our doorstep on a deeper level, and we know these remarkable images and the stories behind them will fascinate everyone who visits. The exhibition is part of our reopening programme and it’s going to be one of the highlights for visitors over the months ahead!”

Dr Tim Littlewood, Executive Director of Science at the Natural History Museum and member of the judging panel, says, ‘This competition has an outstanding reputation in attracting the world’s very best photographers, naturalists and young photographers. But there has never been a more vital time for audiences all over the world to re-engage with the natural world, and what better way than this inspiring and provocative exhibition. Photography’s unique ability to spark conversation and curiosity is certainly special. We hope that this year’s exhibition will provide an opportunity for audiences to pause, reflect and ignite a passion of advocating for the natural world.’

For those interested in entering the next competition, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 57 competition opens for entries on 19 October and closes on 10 December 2020.

Main Image: Surprise! by Makoto Ando, Japan Highly Commended 2020, Behaviour: Mammals © Makoto Ando

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