I am thrilled to tell you that, out of 48,000 entries worldwide, I will be one of 50 wildlife photographers to have their print displayed at the 2019/2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) touring exhibit. (Another 50 images will be displayed on video – for a total of 100 to be featured in this exhibit, which will be in over six continents, to attract an estimated 2 million visitors.)
This was announced at the WPY’s recent “preview announcement” which released 10 images, including one of mine, in advance of their awards ceremony on October 15, where the ultimate winner will be announced. So far as I know to date, I am the only Canadian in this year’s list.
Conducted for over 50 years by the Museum of Natural History in London, UK, this is the most prestigious wildlife photography competition in the world – the only one I enter each year – and it is a great honour to receive the distinction of “Highly Commended” as a photographer. The WPY was created to inspire the love of nature and the desire to protect it, just as we do with the All in the Wild Land Trust. The WPY carefully scrutinizes each entry, through several rounds of judging, to ensure that the photographs have not been retouched – that the image is real in every way, just as it happened in the wild.
The photograph I submitted was that of a mother raccoon emerging from an abandoned Ford Pinto in Saskatchewan. At the time, I named it “Repurposed Ride”. The WPY has re-named it “Lucky Break”, and it will be released as a special limited “Conservation Edition” in an exclusive acrylic 18” x 27” format.
The announcement has already attracted significant media interest around the world and here in Canada.
Thank you to all of you for supporting my work and sharing my love of wildlife and passion for ensuring its future!
Follow the links below to check out some of the media coverage of this exciting competition!