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The Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine are proud to announce that award-winning environmentalist, nature photographer and film-maker, Jim Brandenburg, will be leading the 2012 international jury.
With a career including over 10 years as newspaper photojournalist, 30 years as a contract photographer for the National Geographic Society, and a raft of commissions from renowned organisations such as the NHK and BBC, Jim has said of the Competition:
“Wildlife Photographer of the Year is held in the highest esteem by the photographic community – it remains the one competition that each and every photographer wants to win above all others.
It is as relevant and as significant today, as when it first launched in 1965. This is an incredible fete for any photographic competition and the reason is that it has not lost sight of the very values that are its soul. With a strong moral compass, a need for complete honesty and truthfulness within each and every powerful image, and a desire to reawaken the world to the beauty and vulnerability of our dwindling resources, this competition will continue to flourish.
I am indeed proud and honoured to be chairing the judging panel this year. The reviewing of thousands of rare and precious moments from nature that have been preserved by photographers from around the world is at once a humbling and euphoric experience. Remarkable images from a “blessed with chance” backyard hobbyist to veteran globe travelling professionals are combined in a final winner’s circle to remind us of our vital and fragile natural heritage”.
MEET THE JUDGES
Joining Jim, will be a strong line up of experts from a plethora of creative disciplines including:
- Daniel Beltrá, conservation photographer (Spain)
- Jim Brandenburg (Chair), photographer, author and film-maker (USA)
- David Doubilet, marine photojournalist (USA)
- Edwin Giesbers, nature photographer (The Netherlands)
- Soichi Hayashi, Creative Director, K&L Inc (Japan)
- Rosamund Kidman Cox, editor, picture editor and writer (UK)
- Vincent Munier, photographer (France)
- Jari Peltomäki, wildlife photographer (Finland)
- Paul Pensom, Art Director, Creative Review magazine (UK)
- Tom Schandy, wildlife photographer and author (Norway)
- Sophie Stafford, Editor, BBC Wildlife Magazine (UK)
- Jan Töve, landscape photographer and writer (Sweden)