Sandra Bartocha - runner up in Creative Visons category 2010

Quest for Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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Open to young, amateur and professional photographers worldwide, the 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition launches for entries on Monday, January 5,  2015 for eight weeks.

Great images of nature can transform the way people look at the natural world, challenge opinion and stimulate debate. Whether shot in the remote wilderness, a bustling metropolis, or a backgarden, wildlife photography has the power to inspire, excite and amaze.

There are 21 categories for both adults and younger photographers exploring the diversity of the world’s flora and fauna, together with the urban and wild environments that both frame the species and play host to dramatic natural events.

In addition, there are two special awards introduced for WPY 2014: TIMElapse calls on adult entrants to submit up to three sequences each lasting between 45 to 90 seconds, which tell a story or reveal something unique from the natural world, be it behaviour or an event; and WILD-I seeks natural world stories caught on mobile devices from young citizen reporters.

By taking part, photographers get the chance to win a trip to London to take centre stage at the 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, as well as enjoy public exposure of their image as it tours across the world in the annual exhibition. Award winning images will also be published in a limited edition hardcover book, which is translated into many international languages and sold all over the world. The overall winner and young winner will receive a substantial cash prize.

The current exhibition displays the 2014 winners alongside images from Wildlife Photographer of the Year’s archive, a good place to seek inspiration and find innovative ways of capturing the beauty, mystery, fragility and diversity of life.

For full details and to enter visit the Wildlife Photographer of the Year site.