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Exhibition National Museum of Scotland

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

20 Jan - 6 May 2024
10:00 - 17:00 (last entry 16:00)

Special Exhibition Gallery, Level 3

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A moment of eye contact with a leopard as it curls its tail, while striding over water.

The catwalk by Shashwat Harish, Kenya, Highly commended, 11-14 Years, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

© Shashwat Harish, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The catwalk by Shashwat Harish, Kenya, Highly commended, 11-14 Years, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

© Shashwat Harish, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

In this world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, see exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year  is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases some of the best photography talent from around the world for nearly 60 years.

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Coral connections by Alex Mustard, UK
Highly commended, Under Water, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

An American bison (Bison bison) dashes through deep snow in Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, USA).

Snow bison by Max Waugh, USA
Highly commended, Animal Portrait, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Launching in 1965, today the competition receives entries from 95 countries all over the world, highlighting its enduring appeal. This year’s competition attracted an astounding 49,957 entries from photographers of all ages and experience levels and, during an intense week at the Natural History Museum in London, entries were judged anonymously on their creativity, originality, and technical excellence by an international panel of industry experts.  

The international tour of this year’s award-winning images will allow them to be seen by well over a million people. Using photography's unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, the images shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourage a future of advocating for the planet.

To find out more about our ongoing work on sustainability and biodiversity across our sites and in our work read our Strategy for Sustainability

This exhibition contains images that some visitors may find upsetting. Please contact info@nms.ac.uk for more information. 

Ticket details

Weekdays

 

Advance* 

On the day 

Members 

Free 

Adult 

£10 

£11 

Over 60s 

£8 

£9 

Student, Unemployed, Disabled, Young Scot** 

£6 

£7 

Under 16s 

Free 

 

Weekends

 

Advance* 

On the day 

Members 

Free 

Adult 

£11 

£12 

Over 60s 

£9 

£10 

Student, Unemployed, Disabled, Young Scot** 

£7 

£8 

Under 16s 

Free 

*Advance ticket prices are applicable up to 23:59:59 the day before. 

**Valid ID required. Carers of disabled people free. 

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. 

Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. 

For all UK school group bookings, please visit our schools webpage.

National Museums Scotland have a non-refundable and non-transferable ticketing policy.

See our full Ticketing Terms and Conditions.

Sensory map and visual exhibition guide

This sensory map supports visits to Wildlife Photographer of the Year, highlighting lighting, louder and quieter areas and seating in the exhibition space, and can be downloaded as a PDF.

The visual exhibition guide is designed to support visits to the exhibition, from arriving at the museum to the exhibition spaces, and can be downloaded as a PDF or as a Word Document.

Relaxed visits

Enjoy a calmer visit to the exibition. Find out more about our relaxed mornings.

A coot walking on ice with a prawn in its beak.

Relaxed mornings

Sunday 3 March and Tuesday 9 April
10:00–12:00

During these sessions, noisy interactives and videos will be turned off and visitor numbers reduced for those who would appreciate a calmer visit to the exhibition.

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Two Nubien ibex jumping on top of a rocky mountain.

Relaxed access evening

Tuesday 12 March
17:30 - 19:00

Join us for a relaxed after-hours visit to Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

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Events

Two young visitors handle animal skulls with help from a National Museum of Scotland Enabler.

February Half Term: Wild about Wildlife

Monday 12 - Sunday 18 February
10:00 - 16:00

Go wild about wildlife at the National Museum of Scotland this half term.

A person holding a camera and smiling

In Conversation: Rachel Bigsby, Wildlife Photographer

Saturday 9 March
14:00 - 15:00

Join Rachel Bigsby - this year’s winner of the Natural Artistry category in Wildlife Photographer of the Year - as she shares her passion for capturing wildlife on camera. Makar Kathleen Jamie will introduce this event with a poetry reading inspired by the natural world.

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A two-coloured mason bee in mid flight, carrying a piece of straw to add to its a growing pile.

Audio-Described access evening

Tuesday 16 April
17:30 - 19:00

Explore Wildlife Photographer of the Year with an audio-described tour for those who are blind, partially sighted or visually impaired.

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Doug Allan stands in pink jacket with camera on tripod.

Behind the Lens: Doug Allan

Saturday 27 April
14:00 - 15:00

Join Doug Allan as he shares personal insights from his 40-year career at the frontiers of climate breakdown as a photographer, filmmaker, diver and author.

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A hippopotamus and her two offspring resting in the clear water of a shallow lake.

BSL Tours

Saturday 27 April
12:00 - 13:00 & 15:30 - 16:30

Explore Wildlife Photographer of the Year with a BSL tour for those who are Deaf/BSL users.

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Exhibition camera challenge

Visiting the exhibition with children? Our camera challenge trail asks younger visitors to spot wild details in the photographs on show.

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Illustrated head of leopard looking through a camera

Five visitors look at shelves of agates in our Natural World galleries.

Plan your visit

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1JF

Visiting information can be found on our Plan Your Visit pages.

Plan your visit

Access

We want everyone who comes to our museums to enjoy their time with us and make the most of their visit. 

  • There is level access to the Museum via the main doors to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street and George IV Bridge.  
  • Lifts are available to all floors and accessible toilets are available on Levels 0 and 3, as well as a Changing Places (U) toilet in the Entrance Hall on Level 0. 
  • Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge. Please note wheelchairs cannot be booked in advance. On arrival, ask about availability at the Information Desk. Small mobility scooters are permitted inside the museum.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted. 

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