Opening of the competition for the fifty-ninth wildlife photographer of the year

Entry fees will be waived for 50 countries for the second year to further encourage submissions from regions of the world that are currently underrepresented in the annual competition.

  • The oldest and most prestigious wildlife photography competition in the world
  • A global showcase for nature photography and environmental photojournalism
  • The 2022 competition marks its fifty-ninth year
  • Open to photographers of all ages, nationalities and levels
  • The prestigious international jury has been announced
  • Opening of registrations on Monday, October 17, 2022
  • Closing on Thursday December 8, 2022 at 11:30 GMT

The winners of the fifty-eighth competition were recently announced at an awards ceremony hosted by wildlife presenter Chris Packham in the Natural History Museum’s iconic Hintze Hall. The competition attracted nearly 40,000 entries from 93 countries.

American photographer Karine Aigner was voted wildlife photographer of the year this year for her remarkable image of a buzzing ball of cactus bees spinning on the hot sand of a Texas ranch. Karine is the fifth woman in the contest’s fifty-eight year history to receive the Grand Title award.

Katanyou Wuttichaitanakorn, 16, from Thailand, received the 2022 Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for his creative image of a surfacing Bryde’s whale, Baleen Beauty.

The competition’s nineteen categories appeal to a wide range of interests and levels, from wildlife portraiture and photojournalism to urban wildlife and underwater worlds.

The annual Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is free for photographers aged 17 and under, and cash prizes will be awarded to each winner of the three categories of the youth competition.

The recently announced jury of international experts will meet in London to select 100 of the most unique nature and wildlife images. Each entry will be judged anonymously on its originality, storytelling and ethical practice.

Kathy Moran, Editor-in-Chief and incoming Jury Chair, says, “Photographs are evidence of what’s happening in the natural world, whether it’s the thrill of capturing a moment or the impact of documenting the devastation and the solutions. Sharing what you’ve been through, whether in your own neighborhood or on the ground, is a way to inform and influence the opinions of millions of people around the world.

The judges are eager to encourage more entries from nationalities currently underrepresented in the competition, as well as girls, women and non-binary photographers.

The Museum of Natural History’s annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit showcases the spectacular work of competition winners before an international tour. In addition to a substantial cash prize for the Grand Title winners, the 100 selected photographs will also be featured in a limited-edition hardcover book, on digital platforms and in global media.

To enter and for more details on contest rules and prizes, visit

Notes for Editors

Fifty-ninth Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition

  • Opening of registrations on Monday, October 17, 2022.
  • Closing of registrations at 11:30 GMT on Thursday 8 December 2022.
  • Entrants to the adult contest can submit up to 25 images for a fee of £30, which increases to £35 in the last week of the entry period, from 11.30am GMT on December 1 to 11.30am GMT on December 8.
  • An entry fee waiver has been introduced for adult photographers participating in the competition who live in these 50 countries.
  • The rules and categories will be translated into 15 languages: Chinese, Japanese, Russian, French, Arabic, Finnish, German, Korean, Polish, Spanish, Italian, Bengali, Hindi and Portuguese.
  • Entrants aged 17 and under can submit up to 10 images for free.
  • Find out how to enter:

Media contact

To access high-resolution images or to arrange interviews with jury members or spokespersons, please contact Josephine Higgins at the Natural History Museum Press Office.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5106

Mobile: +44 (0) 7799 690151

Email: [email protected]

2023 contest hashtag: #WPY59

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