Some 100 winning and finalist images have been selected from around 42,000 photographs submitted by professional and amateur photographers in 96 countries. Ten of these are underwater shots.
Five images make up the exhibition’s “Underwater Species” section, which was won by Australian Michael Aw for his image of a Bryde’s whale charging through a shoal of sardines off the Wild Coast in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.
Of the five images in the category “Amphibians and Reptiles”, underwater photographs took three of the finalist positions, while the winner and fourth finalist were semi-underwater shots taken by photographers sitting in rivers.
In contrast to some previous years, no British underwater photographers feature.
In addition to its London showing, the exhibition will tour in Britain and overseas in 2016.
Entries for next year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition can be filed “between December 2015 and February 2016”, says the Natural History Museum.
All of this year’s exhibition images plus those of previous years’ events can be viewed at www.nhm.