World’s Best Animal Photos Coming to Canterbury

Monday 06 August 2018

Canterbury Museum will display some of the world’s best wildlife photographs in an upcoming exhibition on loan from London’s Natural History Museum.

Saved but caged Steve Winter All rights reserved

Saved but caged by Steve Winter. All rights reserved

Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases stunning images celebrating the diversity of the natural world, from intimate animal portraits to astonishing wild landscapes.

The exhibition, which opens on 11 August, shows almost 100 of the best pictures from the Natural History Museum’s 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. 

Among the displayed images is the 2017 winning photo, Memorial to a species by South African photojournalist Brent Stirton. Stirton photographed a recently shot and de-horned black rhino in a South African game reserve.

Canterbury Museum Director Anthony Wright says the exhibition’s images highlight nature photography as an art form, but also challenge viewers to consider some of the natural world’s big issues.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Museum,” he says. “Our founder, Julius von Haast, was passionate about bringing natural wonders from around the world to Canterbury. We’re proud to continue that tradition – in a more modern, sustainable way – by displaying these stunning wildlife images.”

For the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, now in its 53rd year, almost 50,000 images from professional and amateur photographers in 92 countries were judged by a panel of industry-recognised professionals for their originality, artistry and technical complexity.

Canterbury Museum will run a photo competition of its own while Wildlife Photographer of the Year is showing. The Museum’s Amazing Animals! competition is open to Canterbury photographers aged 15 and under. 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London. The exhibition runs from 11 August to 18 November at Canterbury Museum.

List image: Bold eagle by Klaus Nigge. All rights reserved

Note to editors

1.  Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the Natural History Museum’s annual showcase of the world's best nature photography and wildlife photojournalism. The awarded images are seen by millions of people all over the world. For more information go to

2.  This year’s winner, Brent Stirton, is a senior correspondent for Verbatim and Getty Images. Stirton has a strong focus on sustainability and the environment, and shoots mainly for National Geographic magazine. He also works regularly for Human Rights Watch, The New York TimesMagazine, Le Figaro and GEO magazine and is a long-time photographer for WWF. He chooses to tell stories about issues that matter, focusing on wildlife and conservation, global health, diminishing cultures and sustainability. 2017 is the first year he has won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year grand title. He has won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year photojournalism award in the past, along with many other international awards for his long‑term investigative projects.

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