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Everyone loves photos of animals so it’s no wonder the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition has gained worldwide recognition in its 50 years running. This year’s winners are nothing short of exceptional and for the first time, you can vote in the first ever People’s Choice Award!

For fifty years the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has provided a global showcase for the best in nature and wildlife photography. It’s a joint venture between the BBC and London’s Natural History Museum.

This is the first year the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition is giving out a People’s Choice Award. The jury has selected 50 images from more than 41,000 entries to choose from. Entries have come from all over the world and the winner will be announced at the awards ceremony and be included in the 2014 collection of images.

Finalist in the 11-14 Years category: Green Dragon by Will Jenkins, UK

The winning images will be displayed as part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition that goes on display at the Natural History Museum in London on October 24th, 2014 before going on an international tour to museums around the globe. So don’t worry if you can’t catch flights to London to see it, it may be coming to a city near you!

Tom Ang, a member of this year’s judging panel had this to say about the process,

“In this landmark fiftieth year we’re opening up the judging experience to the many wildlife photography fans that follow the competition so closely. If you’ve ever puzzled over why one image wins out over another, this is your chance to have your say. But with so many outstanding shots and just one vote per person, the pressure is on to cast it wisely.”

Wild about photography?

Check out some of the finalists in this year’s competition…

Finalist in the Underwater Species category: Jelly fireworks by Geo Cloete, South Africa
Finalist in the Birds category: Feral spirits by Sam Hobson, UK
Finalist in the Underwater Species category: Ocean blues by Jordi Chias Pujol, Spain
  • The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 exhibition opens October 24th, 2014 at the Natural History Museum. Tickets are on sale now and cost £12.60 for adults and £6.30 for concession and children.

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