After a very successful run in Cape Town, the 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is now on show in the City of Gold, Johannesburg. Don’t miss out – Wild is giving away five sets of double tickets.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, now showing at 1Fox – The Sheds in Johannesburg, brings Gauteng the very best wildlife and nature photography from around the globe. After sifting through 42,000 entries from 96 countries, the Natural History Museum of London selected a range of astonishing pictures ranging from gripping landscape portraits, fascinating animal behaviour and unique wildlife sightings. The exhibition will be open until the end of July 2016.

Clare Townsend, spokesperson for the exhibition in South Africa, says seeing all these photographic works of art in one room makes for an overwhelming sense of enjoyment. “The exhibit should not be missed by any wildlife or photography enthusiast. It is a source of inspiration and awe, and to be able to see the images up-close allows you to consider the extraordinary lengths and depths this special group of photographers went to in order to capture the perfect image.”

Why not share the exhibit’s many wonders with the whole family? “The exhibit is for everyone, big and small. It’s an important educational tool for children and a visual feast for young and old.”

To give you a taster of the fantastic photography on show, Wild brings you a selection of images that showcase wildlife in winter.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year-Don Gutoski

A tale of two foxes: From a distance, Don Gutoski (grand title winner) from Canada came across this scene of a red fox with its prey, an Arctic fox. Don endured temperatures of -30°C to capture the action as the red fox picked up the gutted carcass and dragged it away.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year-Rosamund Macfarlane

Snow hare: Rosamund Macfarlane (category mammals) from the UK waited two years to photograph mountain hares in the Cairngorms in Scotland. After several hours lying on the ground, Rosamund captured this hare as it dug for food beneath the snow.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year-Josiah Launstein

Snowy scene: Canadian Josiah Launstein (category 10 years and younger) unexpectedly snapped this snowy owl after nine hours of searching. “I couldn’t believe it when this handsome male flew towards us and caught a vole,” Josiah recalls.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year-Liina Heikkinen

The stare of a goshawk: Liina Heikkinen (category 11-14 years) from Finland and her father arrived at the forest hide before sunrise to lay a red squirrel road-kill nearby as bait. At dawn, an adult male goshawk landed at the carcass to feed.

A small bird (Gaucho Serrano) contemplates the enormity of Fitz Roy, in Patagonia, which has granite faces of over 4,000 vertical feet, complemented here by fresh snowfall in early winter.

Jagged peace: USA’s Floris van Breugel (category land) says the view on Mount Fitz Roy, an imposing granite cathedral of 3,675 metres formed 17 million years ago, was clear. “It was the inclusion of the bird (black-billed shrike-tyrant) that completed the shot for me.”

WIN!

Five lucky Wild fans will each win a set of double tickets to the exhibition in Johannesburg. Tell us where the Johannesburg exhibition is held by emailing your answer to [email protected] (subject line: WPY JHB) before Monday 20 June 2016. Wild will randomly select the winners. Winners will be notified via email.

Tickets

Ticket prices are R50 for adults and children, and R40 for valid Wild Card members. Children under the age of six enter for free. Visit Webtickets’ website to purchase tickets online. Tickets are also available at the door.

Picture captions courtesy of the Natural History Museum of London.