Stunning images unveiled at National Wool Museum

Stunning images unveiled as Wildlife Photographer of the Year arrives at the National Wool Museum, Geelong.

The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum London, will open at the National Wool Museum, Geelong on 17 December 2021. The exhibition features exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breath-taking diversity of the natural world.

Using photography’s unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, the images shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourage a future of advocating for the planet.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives over 50,000 entries from all over the world, highlighting its enduring appeal. This year’s award-winning images will embark on an international tour that will allow them to be seen by over a million people.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year forms part of the National Wool Museum’s commitment to sharing the stories of our environment and the world around us. Raising awareness of conservation and environmental impacts, both locally and from around the world, is echoed throughout the Museum.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 57 – Australian Award Recipients


Rich reflections by Justin Gilligan (Australia)

Winner, Plants and Fungi

Elephant in the room by Adam Oswell (Australia)

Winner, Photojournalism

Highly commended

Mushroom magic by Juergen Freund (Germany/Australia)

Highly Commended, Plants and Fungi

Natural Artistry by Christian Spencer (Australia)

Highly Commended, Natural Artistry

A caring hand by Douglas Gimesy (Australia)

Highly Commended, PhotoJournalism

A deadly huddle by Douglas Gimesy (Australia)

Highly Commended, Behaviour: Mammals

Eggs of life and death by Caitlin Henderson (Australia)

Highly Commended, Behaviour: Invertebrates

The great swim by Buddhilini de Soyza (Sri Lanka/Australia)

Highly Commended, Behaviour: Mammals

Councillor Stephanie Asher – Mayor

Protecting biodiversity and other urgent environmental issues facing our planet are priorities for the City of Greater Geelong.

We will continue to support initiatives like the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition that raise environmental awareness and help inspire communities to cherish and look after nature.

Padraic Fisher – National Wool Museum Director

The National Wool Museum is once again, Victoria’s only hosting venue for the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

This is an exciting year, with exceptional images with no less than seven Australia photographers recognised amongst the elite entries.

This is a truly outstanding achievement and demonstrates the strength and calibre of nature photography in Australia.

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