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Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

Wrestling komodo dragons, ethereal egrets and thirsty squirrels are among the creatures captured on camera by this year’s finalists of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 exhibition, open now at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, the world renowned exhibition showcases 100 awe-inspiring images from fascinating animal behaviour to breath-taking wild landscapes.

The international tour spans six continents and allows the images – including the winning pictures – to be seen by millions of people. This is the first time the exhibition will be held at the National Maritime Museum while touring Australia.

Kevin Sumption, museum director, said the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition held broad appeal due to its rich subject matter showcasing the diversity of life on our planet.  “This is one of the most innovative and popular photographic competitions of its kind and we are delighted that Sydney audiences can now enjoy these unforgettable and inspiring images at the Australian National Maritime Museum.”

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition launched in 1965 and now receives over 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. There are 21 categories for both adults and younger photographers exploring the world’s natural environment.

Judged by a panel of industry-recognised professionals, the images are selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity.

One of the winning images is by Australian author, explorer and conservation photographer Michael Aw. His image entitled A whale of a mouthful shows an imposing Bryde’s whale, ripping through a mass of sardines and gulping hundreds in a single pass.

Canadian amateur photographer Don Gutoski was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 for his image Tale of two foxes, a beautiful but haunting portrait of the struggle for life in the subarctic climes of Cape Churchill, Canada.

Tickets to the 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibitionare are $20 for adults, $12 concessions, and children go FREE.

The Australian National Maritime Museum, in Darling Harbour, is open from 9.30am to 5pm daily. All enquiries (02) 9298 3777 or visit

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