Dazzling photography of some of the natural world's most astonishing sights is coming to Wolverhampton in a summer blockbuster show.

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Wolverhampton Art Gallery is hosting the Natural History Museum's 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition featuring awe-inspiring images capturing fascinating animal behaviour and breathtaking landscapes.

The blockbuster show won critical acclaim when it premiered in London and it opens in the City of Wolverhampton on Saturday 22 July running until Sunday 1 October.

Last year the Lichfield Street gallery hosted the 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition attracting thousands of visitors, and it is hoped even more people will take the chance to see staggering images displayed in an ultra modern lightbox format.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: "It's no understatement to describe last year's exhibition as breathtaking and I am so delighted the gallery is hosting the Natural History Museum's 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition this summer.

"It attracted lots of visitors last year and I would urge anyone, young and old, to come and make the most of a major London exhibition on their doorstep."

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world's most astonishing and challenging sights for more than 50 years.

Founded in 1964 and organised and produced by the Natural History Museum, it is one of the longest and most renowned photography competitions in the world.

Now in its 52nd year, the competition received more than 40,000 submissions from amateur and professional photographers, from more than 95 countries, all of whom were competing for the title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Every year, the best images submitted are selected to form the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which tours venues across the world to millions of visitors, helping to ensure that biodiversity and sustainability remain at the forefront of public awareness.

Tickets cost £4 adults and £2 children, while family tickets start from £6. For photography fans and enthusiasts who want to come back and take a second or third look, a session ticket is also available. Advance tickets for weekends are available from Type=links;Linkid=8236;Title=The Ticket Factory;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Thursday 23 March, 2017