2016 media releases

Last chance to see Sydney’s People’s Choice in the

51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year before it closes

The 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2015 must close 26 October 2016

Reflection in Black, an intimate portrait of a critically endangered Celebes black macaque by Petr Bambousek, has been voted Sydney’s People’s Choice in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 exhibition. And time is running out for Sydneysiders to experience it and the rest of the exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum which must close 26 October 2016.

The 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2015 must close 26 October 2016

Reflection in Black, an intimate portrait of a critically endangered Celebes black macaque by Petr Bambousek, has been voted Sydney’s People’s Choice in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 exhibition. And time is running out for Sydneysiders to experience it and the rest of the exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum which must close 26 October 2016.

On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, the world renowned exhibition showcases 100 awe-inspiring images from fascinating animal behaviour to breath-taking wild landscapes. 

The international tour spans six continents and allows the images - including the winning pictures - to be seen by millions of people. 

Sydney’s People’s Choice features the piercing red eyes of a male Celebes black macaque contrasted against his black face which blends with the black background. Petr Bambousek captured his striking image in Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. “It was the expression in his eyes that fascinated me,” he recalls. 

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition launched in 1965 and now receives over 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. There are 21 categories for both adults and younger photographers exploring the world’s natural environment. 

Judged by a panel of industry-recognised professionals, the images are selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity. 

One of the other winning images is by Australian author, explorer and conservation photographer Michael Aw. His image entitled A whale of a mouthful shows an imposing Bryde’s whale, ripping through a mass of sardines and gulping hundreds in a single pass.   

Canadian amateur photographer Don Gutoski was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 for his image Tale of two foxes, a beautiful but haunting portrait of the struggle for life in the subarctic climes of Cape Churchill, Canada.

The 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition must close 26 October 2016. Tickets are $20 adults, $12 concessions and children go FREE.  For further information http://www.anmm.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/coming/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year

The Australian National Maritime Museum, in Darling Harbour, is open from 9.30am to 5pm daily. All enquiries (02) 9298 3777 or visit www.anmm.gov.au. 

Media contact – Jude Timms (02) 9298 3645; 0418 219841.