The Royal Ontario Museum Presents WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR, 11/22

The Royal Ontario Museum Presents WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR, 11/22

The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) exhibition returns to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) this fall. The exhibition, on tour from the Natural History Museum in London, makes its North American debut and begins its Canadian engagement at the ROM on November 22, 2014. Featured in the exhibition are 100 awe-inspiring images from fascinating animal behaviour to breath-taking wild landscapes that bring visitors face to face with the power and beauty of nature. Now in its 50th year, this internationally recognized annual photography competition draws entries from around the globe from amateur and professional photographers alike. The winning entries which are featured in the exhibition are selected by a panel

of international judges based on their creativity, artistry and technical complexity.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will be on display in the ROM's Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall. Each image in the show is installed with custom LED light box frames creating a dramatic display that gives visitors a glimpse of the natural world as they have never seen it. Images cover 11 adult categories, four special award categories, and three children's categories. The exhibition also includes biodiversity themed digital activations and a ROM-designed WPY Family Trail Guide that highlights fun facts and information for kids.

"The ROM is delighted to welcome back the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition for a second engagement. During our Centennial year the ROM has been highlighting the many ways we connect visitors to their world. This exhibition shows the stunning beauty of nature and we hope will inspire visitors to learn more about the world around us," said Janet Carding, Director and CEO of the ROM.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year was founded in 1965 and is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. In its inaugural year, WPY received 361 entries. Today, the competition receives 42,000 entries from 96 countries.

The exhibition is on display at the ROM until March 23, 2015. Ticket information is available at rom.on.ca.

ROM Wildlife Photographer of the Year Programming

November 21, 2014

November 22, 2014

Weekdays (Mon-Fri)

Saturdays (Oct 18-Dec 6)

November 29, 2014

ROM Friday Night Live Get Wild
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
FNL Get Wild! Eat, drink and dance the night away. Join the ROM for special artist performances and conversations with photographers; come celebrate nature and the wild side of culture.

EVC Student Showcase, Earth Rangers Studio

Graduates from the ROM's Environmental Visual Communication Program (EVC) will present their top enivornmental and conservation themed photos and videos during the WPY's Opening Weekend. Also featured are ROM programs on the diversity of animal life, wildlife photography skills and more.

WPY Program for School Groups

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$10/participant
Students use wildlife photography to better understand our natural environment and how to protect it through an activity guide and dynamic multimedia presentation led by trained facilitators.

Saturday Morning Club

Join us for an inspiring selection of activities designed to nurture the next generation of wildlife enthusiasts. Included is ROM's Shutterbugs, a program that teaches kids photography skills, including how to shoot and edit digital images, print images using darkroom methods and more.

Wildlife Wonders Family Workshop

Get a one-of-a-kind tour of the ROM's Schad Gallery of Biodiversity and the WPY exhibit from ROM educators. Get up-close with rarely seen specimens from the Museum's zoology collections and create masterpieces using the designs, colours, and textures found in the natural world!

The Members' preview of WPY opens on November 21, 2014 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm and features exclusive opportunities to connect with ROM experts. To purchase a ROM Membership visit www.rom.on.ca/members or call 416.586.5700. Admission to WPY is free for Members.

About the ROM

The Royal Ontario Museum is an agency of the Government of Ontario. Opened in 1914, Canada's largest museum of natural history and world cultures has six million objects in its collections and galleries showcasing art, archaeology and natural science. The ROM is the largest field research institution in the country, and a world leader in research areas from biodiversity, palaeontology, and earth sciences to archaeology, ethnology and visual culture - originating new information towards a global understanding of historical and modern change in culture and environment. For 24- hour information in English and French, please call 416.586.8000 or visit the ROM's web site at www.rom.on.ca. Tickets are available online at www.rom.on.ca.

Photo Credit: Claudio Contrereas Koob

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