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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Makes U.S. Debut at Detroit Zoo

Exhibition begins November 17, open during Wild Lights

Britain’s foremost natural history museum has selected the Detroit Zoo as the site of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition’s U.S. debut for the 13th consecutive year. The show begins Nov. 17, 2018, at the Ford Education Center and runs through May 12, 2019. It is free with Zoo admission.

The exhibition of winning photographs from the 2018 competition features 100 images dramatically displayed as illuminated large-format color transparencies. The images were chosen from nearly 45,000 entries by photographers from 95 countries.

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From a lioness drinking at a waterhole in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, to the whiskered faces of a mother walrus and her youngster near an island in the Norwegian archipelago off Svalbard, to a male Bengal tiger fixing his gaze on the camera in a remote forest high in the Himalayas of central Bhutan, the 100 stunning images showcase wildlife from around the globe and raise awareness of the beauty and vulnerability of the natural world.

Now in its 54th year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London.

The exhibition will be open during Wild Lights, the Detroit Zoo’s spectacular holiday display featuring more than five million LED lights. Presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions, Wild Lights will be held Nov. 17-18, 23-25 and 30 and Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 14-16, 20-23 and 26-31, 2018. Visit http://www.detroitzoo.org/events/wild-lights for information and tickets.

The Detroit Zoological Society – a renowned leader in humane education, wildlife conservation, animal welfare and environmental sustainability – operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.  In recognition of its environmental leadership, the DZS received the top Green Award from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and was named Best-Managed Nonprofit by Crain’s Detroit Business.  With an annual regional economic impact of more than $100 million, the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak is one of Michigan’s largest paid family attractions, hosting more than 1.5 million visitors annually.  Its 125 acres of award-winning naturalistic habitats are home to 2,000 animals representing 230 species.  The Belle Isle Nature Center sits on a 5-acre site surrounded by undisturbed forested wetlands on Belle Isle State Park in Detroit.  It provides year-round educational, recreational and environmental conservation opportunities for the community.  For hours, prices, directions and other information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit detroitzoo.org.

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