The Natural History Museum’s touring Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at Wolverhampton Art gallery is leaving visitors stunned by the must-see images displayed in an ultra-modern lightbox format. In its first week of opening the response from customers attending the show has been exceptional. Few visitors will have imagined that the display could evoke such an emotional response but so imposing and atmospheric is the light-box framing and so engaging are the stories within and indeed behind these sensational photographs that it is almost impossible not to be moved by them.

Remarkable images showcasing the natural world’s most astonishing sights are on show now at Wolverhampton Art Gallery courtesy of London’s Natural History Museum. The gallery is hosting the prestigious 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition featuring 100 awe-inspiring images capturing fascinating animal behaviour and breath-taking landscapes. The blockbuster show won critical acclaim when it first opened in London attracting thousands of visitors.

It opened in Wolverhampton on Saturday July 23, when the gallery went wild hosting a great family day to mark the opening of the show, which runs until September 18. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for more than 50 years and this is the first time the Lichfield Street gallery has hosted the exhibition.

Founded in 1964 and organised and produced by the Natural History Museum, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is one of the longest and most prestigious photography competitions in the world.

Now in its fifty-first year, the competition again received more than 40,000 submissions from amateur and professional photographers from more than 95 countries, all of whom were competing for the title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Every year, the best images submitted are selected to form the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which tours venues across the world to millions of visitors, helping to ensure that biodiversity and sustainability remain at the forefront of public awareness.

Mark Blackstock, head of Visitor Economy, said; “This is a blockbuster show which is on an international tour that will be seen by millions of people across six continents. We are delighted to welcome it to Wolverhampton for the first time. I have no doubt it will attract many visitors and I would urge people to make sure they book tickets so as not to miss out.”