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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Nature Photography Competition's 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners: ROM to feature works

ROM exhibition will feature 100 works including three acclaimed Canadian photographers

(News Release)
TORONTO, October 18, 2018 - The winners of this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition have been announced. Marsel Van Oosten of The Netherlands was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2018 by a panel of international judges. 
His image The Golden Couple, featuring a pair of Qinling golden snub-nosed monkeys, will be among the100 new wildlife photographs in the highly-anticipated Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, on display at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) from Saturday, December 1, 2018 to Sunday, March 31, 2019.
The Golden Couple by Marsel Van Oostan, The Netherlands
Also included in the exhibition is the work of three notable Canadian photographers with four striking entries that won praise as Highly Commended images.
Each captures an impressive array of natural wildspaces, spanning Canadian and international habitats. They are Shane Gross, an award-winning National Geographic underwater photographer who hails from Regina, SK, and Vancouver, BC photographers Liron Gertsman and Jess Findlay.
Organized by the Natural History Museum in London, England, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind. Now in its 54th year, the exhibition is based on an international competition with entrants from 95 countries.
Selected by a panel of six judges, the exhibition features 100 of the best photos, including two grand title winners, and winners in several categories including youth categories for photographers as young as 10 and under. This is the sixth consecutive year the exhibition is on view at the ROM.
The ROM will complement Wildlife Photographer of the Year with additional programs and a public photo contest for adults and youth. A ROMSpeaks keynote lecture will be delivered by National Geographic marine wildlife and underwater photographer Brian Skerry on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Skerry will share his renowned visual storytelling to highlight the problems facing our oceans.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a separately ticketed exhibition on display in the ROM’s Level 3, Third Floor Centre Block. ROM Members enjoy free admission and exclusive member previews of the exhibition, which will be held on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, 2018. For more information on ROM Memberships visit www.rom.on.ca/members or call 416.586.5700.

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Founded in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum showcases art, culture and nature from around the world and across the ages. Among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum is home to a world-class collection of 13 million art objects and natural history specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces. As the country’s preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new and original findings, the ROM plays a vital role in advancing our understanding of the artistic, cultural and natural world. Combining its original heritage architecture with the contemporary Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, the ROM serves as a national landmark, and a dynamic cultural destination in the heart of Toronto for all to enjoy.
From: Wendy Vincent
Publicist / Agente de presse
Royal Ontario Museum/ Musée royal de l'Ontario
100 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario
M5C 2C6

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