Wildlife Photographer of the Year at ROM

The sperm whales pictured here had just emerged from milling around in a gigantic cluster, with many of the whales defecating to such an extent that the water was opaque with poop and the water slick with secretions. The lingering remnants are visible in the background. Tactile contact features prominently in sperm whale social gatherings. In part, this facilitates the slouging off of skin, as is clearly visible in the whales here. Photographed in the Indian Ocean, off the northeast corner of Sri Lanka. Sperm whales are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.
Giant Gathering © Tony Wu. Photographed in the Indian Ocean, off the northeast corner of Sri Lanka. Sperm whales are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

Where: Royal Ontario Museum
When: December 16, 2017 to March 18, 2018
Cost: Tickets are available for $8 + the price of ROM General Admission. Student and Senior tickets are $5 surcharge, and tickets for children aged four to 14 years are $3 surcharge. ROM Members experience all ROM exhibitions free of charge. To purchase tickets visit www.rom.on.ca.

Details: The winners of this year’s prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition were recently announced.  South African photographer Brent Stirton was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 by a panel of international judges for his image Memorial to a species. His image will be among the 100 photographs showcased in the world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

Stirton’s winning image of a dehorned Black Rhino, killed by poachers in South Africa’s Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve was chosen from among almost 50,000 submissions from around the world. The winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. Stirton’s image exposed the tragic consequences of the illegal international trade in rhino horns.

Canadian Josiah Launstein, from Pincher Creek, Alberta, was also recognized in the 11 to 14-year-old category for his photo The hairy raincoat. The 12-year-old photographer made his Wildlife Photographer of the Year debut as a finalist in 2015 with two entries in the 10-year old and under category.

On loan from the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind. Now in its 53rd year, the exhibition is based on an international competition with entries from 92 countries. Selected by a panel of six judges, the exhibition features 100 of the best photos, two grand title winners, and winners in several categories including youth categories from photographers as young as 10 and under. This will be the fifth consecutive year that the exhibition will be presented at the ROM.

The ROM will complement the exhibition with additional programs and a photo contest for adults and youth. A ROMSpeaks keynote lecture will be delivered by acclaimed wildlife photographer Joel Sartore on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Sartore will share his multi-year quest to document the world’s wildlife for the National Geographic Photo Ark project.

More Info: www.rom.on.ca