Wildlife Photographer of the Year opens at ROM

Grand title winner The Big Buzz by Karine Aigner.Grand title winner The Big Buzz by Karine Aigner.
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The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) exhibition returned to the Royal Ontario Museum in nearby Toronto on Nov. 12 for the tenth consecutive year.

American photographer Karine Aigner was announced as this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year for her remarkable image of a buzzing ball of cactus bees spinning over the hot sand on a Texas ranch. Like most bees, they are threatened by habitat loss, pesticides, and climate change, as well as farming practices that disrupt their nesting grounds.

This acclaimed international photography competition from the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London, is now in its 58th year. The competition received nearly 40,000 entries from photographers of all ages and experience levels from 93 countries around the globe. ROM is pleased to be the first venue in North America to display this year’s photography exhibition.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year will display 99 new stunning images in the ROM’s Roloff Beny Gallery, on Level 4, through April 23, 2023. These photographs let visitors reflect on the astonishing diversity and fragility of our natural world. Each beautifully presented image in the show is installed in custom-built LED light box frames for a dramatic visual experience.