GALLERY: Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to Wolverhampton

Astounding images showcasing animals from around the world will come to Wolverhampton this weekend.

Wolverhampton Art Gallery will be the host of the 54th Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which features animal behaviour and breathtaking landscapes.

The full collection of 100 images from the Natural History Museum's touring exhibit will fully feature at the gallery for the first time.

Councillor Harman Banger, Wolverhampton Council cabinet member for city economy, said: “I am delighted Wildlife Photographer of the Year will be my first exhibition as cabinet member for city economy especially as Wolverhampton is to have the full collection of the touring exhibition for the first time.

“This is a wonderful exhibition for all ages and yet another example of the exciting family activities Wolverhampton has to offer. What better way to spend some time during the summer holidays?”

The art gallery previously hosted the 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in 2017, attracting thousands of visitors.

The images will be displayed in an ultra-modern lightbox format, falling into eight categories.

They will be split into Young Photographers, Behaviours, Diversity, Habitats, Compositions, Documentary, Rising Star and Portfolio – shown alongside the Grand Title Winners.

A new addition for this year is a digital display showcasing the People’s Choice Award, a display of 25 images and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Frans Lanting, showing 17 images taken throughout his career.

The Natural History Museum's touring exhibit will open on Saturday and will run until September 1.

More than 45,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 were made, with the best images forming the exhibition.

The competition was founded, developed and produced by the Natural History Museum in 1964.

Tickets cost £5.50 adults and £3.50 for children aged two and under.

Family tickets start from £14.50, including two adults and two children.

Concession and group booking deals are also available.

For more information, call 01902 552055 or visit www.ticketmaster.co.uk/WPY54.

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