Panasonic LUMIX celebrates outstanding entries of prestigious international Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition with LUMIX People’s Choice Award

25th September 2018: Panasonic LUMIX is delighted to announce the newly titled LUMIX People’s Choice Award following the announcement of its Associate Partnership with the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in London.

The world-renowned exhibition is the Natural History Museum’s annual showcase of the world’s best nature photography and wildlife photojournalism. Each year, the Museum’s associated Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition attracts over forty five thousand entries from some of the world’s most celebrated professional and aspiring wildlife photographers.

Newly named from 2018 to reflect the recent partnership, the LUMIX People’s Choice Award is voted for by the public and is a very popular aspect of Wildlife Photographer of the Year. In 2017, the winning entry was taken by Canadian photographer Jo-Anne McArthur for her image of a lowland gorilla being rescued by Ape Action Africa. Other previous winners include Spain’s Mario Cea, India’s Thomas Vijavan and Marsel van Oosten from The Netherlands, demonstrating the global draw of the contest.

In addition, LUMIX ambassadors will be accompanying Museum scientists on endeavours around the world to capture their important work on the LUMIX G9 mirrorless camera. During October 2018, Dr Sandra Knapp, Merit Researcher and Head of the Algae, Fungi and Plants Division at the Museum will take the G9 to Ecuador to aid in her recording of Andean plants in the nightshade family.

Mike Owen, Professional Imaging Marketing Manager from Panasonic UK said, “We are proud to support the Natural History Museum and its Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The LUMIX People’s Choice Award is viewed and voted for by the general public, and having this engagement in such an important photographic and environmental milestone is hugely important to everyone at Panasonic.

“Our partnership with the Natural History Museum, however, reaches further than the competition. Our LUMIX cameras are perfectly suited to capturing the essential work of the Natural History Museum and we aim to work closely with its scientists to help them document their work for important causes and future generations.”

Panasonic LUMIX has a number of cameras which are the perfect partner for wildlife and nature photography. The LUMIX G9 can shoot silently at 20fps, with super fast and accurate autofocusing. With fantastic build quality, it’s the ideal camera to use in all kinds of weather conditions, while the system is light enough to be carried for long periods of time. The Four Thirds sensor means that the effective focal length of long lenses is doubled – ideal for getting close to nature without disturbing the habitat.

Winners of the main 2018 competition will be announced at the Natural History Museum on Tuesday 16 October, with the LUMIX People’s Choice Award winner announced on 13 February 2019. A UK and International tour follows the initial exhibition in London, which runs from 19 October, allowing a huge global audience to experience the images.

The 2019 competition will be open for entries worldwide from 22 October 2018, closing at 11.30am GMT on Thursday 13 December.

For more information on the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition or competition visit http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/wpy.html, while for any Panasonic LUMIX queries, contact ukpress@eu.panasonic.com

About Panasonic and LUMIX

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Since the first LUMIX digital single lens mirrorless camera, the LUMIX G1, was launched in 2008, Panasonic have devoted 10 years to the development of this innovative camera system. Panasonic will continue to focus on developing high-end digital cameras that meet the stringent standards of professional photographers and video creators. To find out more about Panasonic’s line-up of cutting-edge digital cameras: www.panasonic.co.uk/lumix

About Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the Natural History Museum

  • The acclaimed Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition ignites curiosity about the natural world by showcasing Earth's extraordinary diversity and highlighting the fragility of wildlife on our planet.

  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year was founded in 1965 by , then called . The Natural History Museum joined forces in 1984 to create the competition as it is known today. The competition is now solely run and owned by the Natural History Museum. nhm.ac.uk/wpy

  • Open to photographers of all ages and abilities, the competition opens for entries every October. The 2019 competition opens on 22 October 2018.

  • The Natural History Museum exists to inspire a love of the natural world and unlock answers to the big issues facing humanity and the planet. It is a world-leading science research centre, and through its unique collection and unrivalled expertise it is tackling issues such as food security, eradicating diseases and managing resource scarcity. It is the most visited natural history museum in Europe and the top science attraction in the UK; we welcome more than 4.5 million visitors each year and our website receives over 500,000 unique visitors a month. People come from around the world to enjoy our galleries and events and engage both in person and online with our science and learning activities and through innovative programmes such as citizen science and family festivals. www.nhm.ac.uk