The International Wildlife Photography Year began in 1964 and was co-sponsored by the British Museum of Natural History and BBC Wildlife. It is the most influential natural landscape photography competition in the world today, known as the “Oscar Award” in the natural photography industry. The annual competition aims to call on the majority of photographers to protect nature and care for the creatures. It has been held for fifty-three sessions.
At the end of October each year, the annual competition for landscape photographers from the world will be published. The results will be announced in mid-October of the following year. Each year, it will receive 450,000 works from more than 100 countries, and the best of the year will be selected. Photographer, young photographer of the year.
The registration fee is £30, and up to 25 works can be submitted. Free participation for young people under the age of 17. Among them, the photographer of the year can get a prize of up to 10,000 pounds. All selected works were first exhibited at the British Museum of Natural History and exhibited in more than 70 countries around the world. In 2008, the Wild China Studio introduced the annual exhibition to China.
So far, a total of four Chinese photographers have won awards in this competition: Qi Zhinong (2001, Endangered Animals Group), Zhu Yongkang (2008, Animal Environment Group), Bohai Jun (2010, 8-11 years old group), Yuan Minghui (2014, Plant Fungus Group).
America’s Best Nature Photography Award
The American Best Natural Photography Award (also known as the Windland Smith Rice International Photography Award, referred to as the Maple Blue Award) is to commemorate the photographer of nature, nature protector and advocate Winland Smith (Windland Smith) Rice was established as “the second largest international professional photography contest after WPY”. The photographic award aims to show the beauty and diversity of nature through photographic art, and the greater public interest that this approach brings in outdoor and environmental management.
At present, the Landscape Photography Award has become one of the most respected nature photography competitions in the world. It has been held for 21 sessions and approximately 25,000 works each year compete. Some of the most prestigious natural photographers in the world, such as Frans Lanting, Thomas D. Mangerson, and Art Wolf, have won the title of “Photographer of the Year” in the competition. The competition will be held in January each year. The entries will be judged by experts in various fields such as photography and science from the aspects of technical quality, originality and artistic value.
The winning entries will be published in the “National Best Photography” (Special Collector’s Edition). In addition, the winners of each category and some highly acclaimed works will be exhibited at the annual exhibition of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, for one year. The registration fee for this event is $30 and up to 20 works can be submitted. Chinese photographer Yuan Minghui won four honorary awards in 2013 and 2014, becoming the first Chinese photographer to win the competition.