Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Auckland Museum • Opens 22 June

Opens 10:00 am on Friday 22 June
Hours Daily 10am to 5pm
Where Special Exhibitions Hall, Auckland Museum, Auckland Domain, Parnell
  09 309 0443
Artists Various
Theme Exhibitions

The world's most prestigious wildlife photography exhibition opens at Auckland Museum in June this year. Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 draws together 108 of the world's best wildlife images curated by London's Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine.

The stunning collection of images captures both the beauty of the world we live in but also the fragility of nature with some stark images including the winning photograph which captures oil-soaked pelicans caught in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Now in its 47th year the competition attracted 41,000 entries from 95 countries and among the images to make the cut are several from New Zealand photographer David Lloyd. His image A Flick of the Tail taken in Kenya was chosen for the cover of the latest Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 portfolio.

The New Zealand Geographic Best of the Best

Various Artists from 22 Jun

Alongside the world's best photography, Auckland Museum is showcasing some of the incredible images coming out of New Zealand. This exhibition draws together the photographic highlights from the past four years of the New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year competition.

Best of the Best showcases the work of professionals and amateurs, capturing stunning images of New Zealand's mountains, wetlands, coast and plains, its society and culture and incredible wildlife.

Photography at Auckland Museum

Feeling inspired by this year's Auckland Festival of Photography? Auckland Museum's season of photography is just beginning. From 22 June this year two major exhibitions at the museum will bring audiences the best of New Zealand and the world's wildlife photography.

See The London Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year and NZ Geographic's Best of the Best and then choose from a series of photography events and workshops running from June to August.

Expert Sessions with Guest Photographers                                                           

Join Auckland's top photographers as they discuss their work and techniques.

Wednesdays 12.30pm & Saturdays 2pm from June 23

Make a Pinhole Camera                                                                                      

Workshops for adults and children to make this classic camera.                            

11am & 1pm on 23 & 24 Jun, 21 - 29 Jul, and 4 & 5 Aug

Photography Workshops                                                                                             

Two-day workshop focusing on technique, composition and critique.                

12:30pm - 4:30pm on weekends 23 & 24 June & throughout July

In Focus                                                                                                                            

Half-hour, drop-in sessions for families, teaching basic illustration and photo collage techniques.                                                                                                                      

10:30am - Noon and 1pm - 2:30pm daily during school holidays

Photo Framing & Scrapbooking                                                                             

Seven-week after-school programmes teaching children how to create their own frames and scrapbooks.                                                                                              

Mondays & Wednesdays16 July - 29 August

Photography Family Space                                                                                          

Drop in anytime for free, family-friendly photography activities, including a museum mystery photo hunt, photo puzzles and storytelling with photos.                          

10:30am - Noon and 1pm - 3:30pm daily

Charges may apply for some of these programmes. For more details please visit

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