Held annually, the competition aims to find the most stunning and original wildlife pictures taken by photographers worldwide of all ages.
The Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition is an international showcase for the very best photography featuring natural subjects. The competition is owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth – the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine.
Being placed in this competition is something that wildlife photographers, worldwide, aspire to. Achieving the perfect picture is down to a mixture of skill, vision, originality, knowledge of nature and luck.
Each year thousands of entries are received and judged by a specially selected expert panel. The winners are announced at an awards ceremony that takes place each October at the Natural History Museum, London. Winning entries from the 2006 competition can be seen at the Natural History Museum until 29 April 2007.
From the last winners:
GÃ¶ran EhlmÃ© (Sweden) – Beast of the Sediment (Nikon D2x with 12-24mm lens; 1/50 sec at f4; 400 ISO; Seacam housing with wide-angle port.)
Rick Stanley – The dilemma (Canon EOS 1D Mark II with Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM zoom lens; 1/400 sec at f8; 800 ISO.)
More about the 2006 winners.
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