MUSEUM CAMPUS — The Field Museum is poised to exhibit a collection of some of the most stunning, award-winning nature photographs from around the world.
“Wildlife Photographer of the Year” opens March 22. It comes to Chicago from London, where it’s housed at the Natural History Museum. The photos are part of a 54-year-old competition touted as the longest-standing nature photography contest in the world.
The collection coming to the Field is made up of the 100 most recent winners, picked from 45,000 submissions from 95 countries, according to the Field.
Jan English, Head of Touring Exhibitions at the London Natural History Museum, said the exhibit “is consistently one of our most successful touring exhibitions, enjoyed by millions every year.”
“These images tell thought-provoking stories about our planet that prompt us all to think differently about the natural world and the future we want to create,” English said.
The exhibit tells the story behind each photo, in Spanish and in English.
“It takes perseverance to get a great shot—understanding an animal’s behavior can mean tracking it for days,” said Janet Hong, the Field’s Project Manager of Exhibitions. “And a great visual composition often comes from deep knowledge of a place or plant or animal. Also, it’s quite surprising to realize that some of the most arresting images were captured by keen-eyed kids.”
The exhibition runs through January, 2020. It is available to visitors who buy an “All-Access or “Discovery” pass. Ticket prices are below: