The Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the most prestigious nature photography exhibition in the world, is staged again this year in Milan in the evocative spaces of the Luciana Matalon Foundation in Foro Buonaparte 67, from 4 October to 22 December 2019.
Organized by the cultural association Radicediunopercento of Roberto Di Leo, with the sponsorship of the Municipality of Milan, the event is always highly anticipated and presents the 100 images awarded at the 54th edition of the photography competition organized by the Natural History Museum in London.
Arrived from 95 countries, competing 45,000 shots taken by professional and non-professional photographers, who were selected, at the end of last year, by an international jury of experts, based on creativity, artistic value and technical complexity.
To admire the finalist and winning photos of the 19 categories of the prize that portray rare animals in their habitat, unusual behaviors and images of surprising psychological introspection; an incredible visual experience, compositions and colors that pierce the eyes from a remote corner of the desert, from the depths of the sea or from the intricate green of the jungle.
Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten won the coveted title Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 for his extraordinary shot, The Golden Couple (Animal Portraits category), which depicts two golden-nosed monkeys in the temperate forest of the Chinese mountains of Qinling, unique habitat for these endangered species. The portrait captures the beauty and fragility of life on earth as well as a glimpse of some of the extraordinary living beings with whom we share the planet. Sixteen-year-old Skye Meaker received the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award 2018 with his fascinating shot Lounging Leopard, a leopard waking up from sleep in the Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana.
Six Italian photographers were awarded prizes starting with Marco Colombo from Lombardy who won the Urban Nature category with the Crossing Paths shot: the protagonist is a Marsican bear who ventured by night through the streets of a small town in the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park.
Special Mentions also to Emanuele Biggi author of Eye to Eye in the category Animals in their environment, Valter Bernardeschi with Mister Whiskers in Animal Portraits, Lorenzo Shoubridge with Sinuous Moves in Amphibians and Reptiles, Stefano Baglioni with A Rock in a Hard Place in Plants and Mushrooms and Georg Kantioler with the two photos Dolomites by Moonlight and Ice-Cave Blues in Environments of the earth.