(Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit/Royal BC Museum)

Instagram just won’t cut it after you see what this year’s top wildlife photographers have captured.

The 2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit is back for a just a few weeks at the Royal BC Museum, from February 15th to March 24th.

This particular display made its way to Victoria all the way from the Natural History Museum in London for the 54th year in a row.

Each of the 100 featured images will be presented in large, backlit displays so you can drink in the stories they tell.

The winner of the coveted title of best photo is called ‘The Golden Couple’ – an image of a pair of Qinling golden snub-nosed monkeys in the Shaanxi Province of China – captured by photographer Marsel van Oosten from The Netherlands.

“Wildlife Photographer of the Year invites viewers to reflect on the interdependence of the natural world and consider the local implications of larger global issues: the fragile health of our polluted oceans, for example, or the consequences of urban sprawl for wildlife,” says Royal BC Museum CEO, Professor Jack Lohman.

“These images challenge us to consider our place in the natural world, and our responsibility to protect it—a responsibility British Columbians take very seriously.”

The winning 100 photos featured at the exhibit were selected by an international jury from more than 45,000 entries across 95 countries.

If a mesmerizing, high definition journey through the flora and fauna of the world sounds like your cup of tea, head over to the Royal BC Museum this Family Day weekend!

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • When: February 15th – March 24th, 2019
  • Where: Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville St