World-Renowned Nature Photography Competition announces 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winners

The winners of this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition have been announced. Marsel Van Oosten of The Netherlands was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 by a panel of international judges. His image The Golden Couple, featuring a pair of Qinling golden snub-nosed monkeys, will be among the100 new wildlife photographs in the highly-anticipated Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, on display at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) from Saturday, December 1 to Sunday, March 31, 2019.

Also included in the exhibition is the work of three notable Canadian photographers with four striking entries that won praise as Highly Commended images. Each captures an impressive array of natural wild spaces, spanning Canadian and international habitats. They are Shane Gross, an award-winning National Geographic underwater photographer who hails from Regina, SK, and Vancouver, BC photographers Liron Gertsman and Jess Findlay.

Organized by the Natural History Museum in London, England, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind. Now in its 54th year, the exhibition is based on an international competition with entrants from 95 countries. Selected by a panel of six judges, the exhibition features 100 of the best photos, including two grand title winners, and winners in several categories including youth categories for photographers as young as 10 and under. This is the sixth consecutive year the exhibition is on view at the ROM.

The ROM will complement Wildlife Photographer of the Year with additional programs and a public photo contest for adults and youth. A ROMSpeaks keynote lecture will be delivered by National Geographic marine wildlife and underwater photographer Brian Skerry on December 4. Skerry will share his renowned visual storytelling to highlight the problems facing our oceans.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a separately ticketed exhibition on display in the ROM’s Level 3, Third Floor Centre Block. ROM Members enjoy free admission and exclusive member previews of the exhibition, which will be held on November 30 and December 1.

For more information on ROM memberships visit or call 416.586.5700.


Photo: The Golden Couple © Marsel Van Oosten, The Netherlands, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018.

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