Step deeper into the wild

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© ‘Rider on the Storm’ taken on a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III by Markus Varesvuo

The natural world around us is full of intrigue, drama and wonder, especially when you see it close up. And when you begin to explore the animal kingdom and the world of plants from different angles, the photographic possibilities are incredibly rich and varied.

A key event in showcasing and celebrating the best nature photography from around the world is The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

The competition dates back to 1965, when the BBC Wildlife Magazine was simply called Animals and there were just three competition categories with a total of around 500 entries. Even then it was a leading event for nature photographers. Over the years, the competition grew and in 1984, the Natural History Museum and BBC joined forces to create the outstanding competition as it is today. Now, thousands of entries are received from more than 98 countries around the globe.

Each year, The Natural History Museum hosts an exhibition of the best entries. After its London launch, the exhibition tours worldwide throughout the year. Winning images are also printed in the BBC Wildlife Magazine and in publications in six continents, ensuring that the photographs are seen by millions.

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© ‘It's raining Guillemots’ taken on a Canon EOS-1D X by Markus Varesvuo

This year's exhibition opens on 24th October and will showcase 100 award-winning images. Read on and learn more here.

National Geographic’s Explorers in Residence: Beverly and Dereck Joubert

Among the world’s most celebrated wildlife photographers and filmmakers are multi-award winning couple, Beverly and Dereck Joubert. The couple have been tirelessly photographing the natural world for over 25 years, are champions of conservation and are particularly passionate about Africa’s breathtaking wildlife.

Their incredible, beautiful and revealing coverage of big cats and predator behaviour has resulted in 22 films, 10 books and many articles for National Geographic magazine. Throughout their incredible lifetime’s work they've won five Emmys and the World Ecology Award.

Watch their inspiring, funny and moving TED talk, ‘Life Lessons from Big Cats’. It contains some scenes of wild predators which you may find distressing, but it’s well worth a watch for its fascinating insight into the Jouberts’ work and lives.