The 57th edition of the competition, hosted by the Natural History Museum in London, saw a record number of entries, and a selection of “highly recommended” images was released on Tuesday evening.
“It was the overall quality of the entries that took us by surprise,” said Roz Kidman Cox, chairman of the jury, in a press release.
“With most travel plans canceled over the past year, photographers seem to have spent more time thinking about which gems to submit. The result is a collection of images that are both stimulating and in these times dark, remind us of the joy and wonder to be had in nature. “
Industry experts selected from 50,000 submissions from photographers from 95 countries, judging “creativity, originality and technical excellence,” according to the press release.
“These extraordinary images showcase the rich diversity of life on Earth and arouse curiosity and wonder,” Doug Gurr, director of the Natural History Museum, said in the press release.
“Telling the story of a planet under pressure, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition highlights the pressing challenges we face and the collective action we must take. “
Category winners will be announced on October 12 and will be featured in an exhibit that will open on October 15 and run until June 5, 2022.