World class wildlife photographs come to Christchurch in upcoming exhibition

Warning: The last photo in this series is a graphic image of a shot and de-horned black rhino.

Photos from the world's largest wildlife photography competition will be displayed in Christchurch in an upcoming exhibition.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year will showcase 100 of the best wildlife photographs from the London Natural History Museum's 2017 competition.

The exhibition shows intimate animal portraits and astonishing landscapes.

Among the displayed images is the 2017 winning photo of a recently shot and de-horned black rhino in a South African game reserve taken by South African photojournalist Brent Stirton.

The museum is "absolutely thrilled" to be hosting the exhibition, Canterbury Museum Director Anthony Wright says.

The images highlight nature photography as an art form, but also challenge viewers to consider some of the natural world's big issues, Mr Wright says.

The exhibition starts on August 11 and will run until November 18.

The insiders by Qing Lin. All rights reserved
The insiders by Qing Lin. All rights reserved Photo credit: Qing Lin
Saved but caged by Steve Winter. All rights reserved
Saved but caged by Steve Winter. All rights reserved Photo credit: Steve Winter
Bold eagle by Klaus Nigge. All rights reserved
Bold eagle by Klaus Nigge. All rights reserved Photo credit: Klaus Nigge
Winter pause, Mats Andersson, Sweden, Finalist 2017, Black and White
Winter pause, Mats Andersson, Sweden, Finalist 2017, Black and White Photo credit: Mats Andersson, Sweden
The ice monster, Laurent Ballesta, France, Winner 2017, Earth’s Environments
The ice monster, Laurent Ballesta, France, Winner 2017, Earth’s Environments Photo credit: Laurent Ballesta, France
Stuck in, Ashleigh Scully, USA, Winner 2017, 11-14 years old
Stuck in, Ashleigh Scully, USA, Winner 2017, 11-14 years old Photo credit: Ashleigh Scully, USA
Romance among the angels, Andrey Narchuk, Russia, Finalist 2017, Behaviour: Invertebrates
Romance among the angels, Andrey Narchuk, Russia, Finalist 2017, Behaviour: Invertebrates Photo credit: Andrey Narchuk, Russia
Resplendent delivery, Tyohar Kastiel, Israel, Finalist 2017, Behaviour: Birds
Resplendent delivery, Tyohar Kastiel, Israel, Finalist 2017, Behaviour: Birds Photo credit: Tyohar Kastiel, Israel
Palm-oil survivors, Aaron ‘Bertie’ Gekoski, UK/USA, Winner 2017, Wildlife Photojournalist: Single image
Palm-oil survivors, Aaron ‘Bertie’ Gekoski, UK/USA, Winner 2017, Wildlife Photojournalist: Single image Photo credit: Aaron ‘Bertie’ Gekoski, UK/USA
Giant gathering, Tony Wu, USA, Winner 2017, Behaviour Mammals
Giant gathering, Tony Wu, USA, Winner 2017, Behaviour Mammals Photo credit: Tony Wu, USA
Bear hug, Ashleigh Scully, USA, Finalist 2017, Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, 11-14 Years
Bear hug, Ashleigh Scully, USA, Finalist 2017, Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, 11-14 Years Photo credit: Ashleigh Scully, USA

Warning: The photo below is an image of a recently shot and de-horned black rhino.

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Memorial to a species, Brent Stirton, South Africa , Grand Title Winner 2017, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Story
Memorial to a species, Brent Stirton, South Africa , Grand Title Winner 2017, The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Story Photo credit: Brent Stirton, South Africa

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