Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition opens | University of Oxford
Essence of Elephants, by Greg du Toit
Essence of Elephants, by Greg du Toit

Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition opens

Matt Pickles

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition opens today at Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History.

The exhibition, which showcases some of the world's best nature photography, will be on display in the museum’s Main Court from today until 22 September.

The exhibition was put together after a worldwide competition in 2013. One of the winning entries is the ghostly image of elephants at a watering hole in Botswana's Northern Tuli Game Reserve (see above) by Greg du Toit.

'For many years I've wanted to create an image that captures their special energy and the state of consciousness that I sense when I’m with them,' he said. 'This image comes closest to doing that.'

To coincide with the exhibition, the museum is launching its own competition for photographs of wildlife a little closer to home.

It has asked for photographs of the swifts that nest in the museum's tower every spring. The winning image will be put on display alongside Wildlife Photographer of the Year from mid-August.

Curiosity and the Cat by Hannes Lochner