27.11.2015 – 3.4.2016

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The Natural History Museum Basel presented the best nature photographs of 2015 exclusively in Switzerland, with breathtaking landscapes, surprising animal portraits and dramatic natural spectacles that immersed visitors in the beauty and magic of nature.

The one hundred best pictures were selected from over 42,000 entries. These were on display in the exhibition. Photographers from over 96 countries took part in this year's competition.

With 18 categories, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the world's largest and most prestigious competition for nature photography. Every year the pictures set new standards against which animal and nature photography measures itself.

An international jury selected those photographs that were particularly convincing in terms of their artistic quality and originality.
Every single image is a unique homage to the splendour, diversity and fragility of life on our planet. At the same time, the work demonstrates the consequences of human intervention in nature.

The competition, which is organised every year by the Natural History Museum, London, is based on the idea of nature and animal protection and aims to experience nature, to discover its beauties and to gain awareness of its fragility and vulnerability.

The foundation stone for the competition was laid in the early 1960s. That was when the movement of modern nature conservation began. To this day, the competition is supported by leading nature conservationists.