Every year the Natural History Museum (London) sponsors a competition and exhibition titled Wildlife Photographer of the Year
. It is by far the world's most prestigious competition in nature photography and often (but not always) the winners are working pros from the likes of National Geographic
. This year's winners were announced last week and the exhibition opened over the weekend.
I have seen it in person twice and it is stunning. The entire large gallery has blackened walls and ceilings and all 100 images are displayed as large format (maybe 20x24 inch?) backlit transparency prints. They also produce a hardcover book with the 100 selected images (I have the last eight years and plan to get this one). They received almost fifty thousand entries (each entrant can submit up to 25 images). These were culled to less than four thousand entries for the final round of judging. This was the first year I entered and one of my images did make that final round (but sadly was not chosen). Ironically I think the one that made it is the only one I took on Nikon; I recently switched from Canon and I believe my other entries were older Canon shots. I have not looked at how many of the 100 were taken on Nikon, but I suspect in the coming years we will start to see the Nikon 500PF lens appear more often.
There is an increasing number of trail cam photos in the competition, including this year's overall winner (Siberian tiger). Personally I feel this should be a separate category (alongside the other categories) and that trail cam photos should not be allowed to be entered in every category. It seems wrong to me that the person named wildlife photographer of the year was not even present at his camera to take the picture, but just got lucky that a tiger triggered the camera itself doing something interesting.
Here is the link: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2020/october/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-2020-winning-images.html