Photographers attending tonight’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards faced massive competition with news that organisers received a record number of entries.
Organisers admit they had a ‘massive task’ choosing the winners after photographers from 94 countries submitted 43,000 entries.
This marked a 33% increase on last year, according to competition manager Gemma Webster.
While most entries hailed from the UK and US, the greatest increase in submissions stemmed from Russia and China.
The best 100 images in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, sponsored by Veolia Environnement, will go on show from 23 October at the Natural History Museum in London – the venue for tonight’s awards ceremony.
Last year a British teenager bagged the Young Wildlife Photographer title.