Wildlife Photographer of the Year, run by the Natural History Museum in London, is considered the premier competition in the world of nature photography. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is a showcase of winning and highly commended images from the competition. These showcase both the incredible talent of the photographer, but more importantly the wonders of the natural world, and the impact humans are having on it.


The exhibition brings together images from locations and photographers all around the world, with categories including animal portraits, behaviour, photojournalism and portfolio. There is an overall winner – Wildlife Photographer of the Year – and an overall winner for younger photographers with the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.

The majority of the images are selected by a jury of photographers, editors, journalists, conservationists and scientists. The People's Choice award is selected by public vote, and is always a moving, striking image.

Snow-covered willow trees emerge from a frozen lake. The ice below reflects the branches.
People's Choice 2022: Lake of ice. © Cristiano Vendramin/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London

The exhibition will open at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London on Friday 14th October 2022 and closes on Sunday 2nd July 2023.

The exhibition is open Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5.50pm (last admission at 4.30pm), and weekends sell out quickly.

Tickets range from £9.25 for children to £15.50 for adults and concessionary rates available for seniors, disabled persons, students, jobseekers and National Art Pass members.

Children under 3 years old, Natural History Museum members, patrons and corporate supporters visit for free.

Timed slots are available from 10am with last admission at 4.30pm, with the museum closing at 5.50pm. Most visits to this exhibition take on average 1.5 hours.

A kangaroo, with a joey in her pouch, looks at the camera, standing between rows of burnt eucalyptus trees.
Hope in a burned plantation. © Jo-Anne McArthur/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

How to enter Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

If you’re an avid or budding wildlife photographer, you should consider entering.

The fifty-ninth Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition opens for entires on Monday 17th October 2022 and closes for entries at 11.30am GMT on Thursday 8th December 2022.

Entrants to the adult competition may enter up to 25 images for a £30 fee, which increases to £35 in the final week of the entry period from 11.30am GMT on 1st December 2022 to 11.30am GMT on 8th December.

An entry fee waiver has been introduced for photographers entering the adult competition who live in these 50 countries.

Entrants aged 17 and under may enter up to 10 images for free.


We’ve got advice on how to create a powerful image from one of the judges, Roz Kidman Cox, and all the competition entry details are listed on the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition website.


Aoife GlassDigital Strategist, BBC Wildlife Magazine

Aoife is an experienced journalist, editor and podcaster with a background in science communication and a passion for the environment and adventure, particularly when it’s by bike!