Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010
The most prestigious competition of its kind and the international leader in the artistic representation of the natural world returns to National Museum Cardiff from 18 June to 11 September 2011.
Visually stunning and often thought-provoking, the images provide an insight into the beauty, drama and variety of nature.
The 2010 exhibition also includes the results of an exciting new award – Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year – which celebrates six pictures that tell a memorable story.
The much coveted title of Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year was awarded to Hungarian photographer Bence Máté from Pusztaszer for his image A marvel of ants, a simple shot that captures the complexity of the behaviour of leaf-cutter ants in the Costa Rican rainforest.
Fergus Gill from Scotland was crowned Veolia Environnement Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year for the second year in a row.
His image of a fieldfare, The frozen moment, was judged to be the most memorable of all the pictures by photographers aged 17 or under.
Selected from tens of thousands of entries from across the globe, the images were judged to be the best of all those entered in the 2010 competition by a judging panel that included some of the world’s most respected nature photographers and wildlife experts.
'While there is no magic formula for winning and no hard and fast rules to explain why one photograph wins and another doesn’t, all winning shots have one thing in common – originality.
The judges are looking for something that stops them in their tracks. The competition plays an increasingly crucial role in raising the profile of wildlife photography and generating awareness of conservation.
Nothing speaks louder than an evocative photograph that stirs the imagination, tugs at the heart strings and engages the mind.’
Mark Carwardine, Chair of the judging panel.
The 2010 competition and exhibition are sponsored by Veolia Environment. They are a world leader in environmental services, working with businesses, communities and governments to minimise our daily impact on the environment we have a communal responsibility to protect.