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Winner: Wildlife Photographer of the Year – Black and White

Hello from London! I’m excited to announce that one of my images was selected as the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year “Black and White” category during the Natural History Museum’s annual gala on Tuesday.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Black and White winner

The photo in question, depicting an American bison in a snow storm, was taken last year in Yellowstone National Park. I shot the photo using a long exposure in order to purposely blur the falling snow against the dark silhouette of the bison.

Ordering Prints

Order prints of the winning image directly from my website!


To order pre-matted, pre-framed or other specialty prints or gift items featuring this image, visit my FineArtAmerica/Pixels store.

NEW: I have just made a limited edition print series available:

30″ x 20″ fine art Aquarelle Rag (“velvet”) paper prints, signed and numbered, set of 50: $1500 + S/H.

36″ x 24″ fine art Aquarelle Rag (“velvet”) paper prints, signed and numbered, set of 50: $2500 + S/H.

Contact me directly if you are interested in a limited edition print.

As a result of being selected as a category winner, I was also short-listed with the other category winners as a finalist for the grand title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Now in its fifty-fifth year, WPY is considered the world’s most prestigious nature photography competition, with tens of thousands of entries coming in from around the world each year. So I can say this is without a doubt the highest honor I’ve ever received in my career! A big thank you goes out to the judging panel for this recognition, and a hearty congratulations to my fellow honorees.

Click here to view all of the winning and commended images from this year’s competition.

Photos will be exhibited in the Natural History Museum in London for the next several months (the show will also eventually travel globally), so be sure to check it out if you’re visiting the UK!

More on WPY55:

I wrote about my experience winning the award and my week in London: Go behind the scenes with a Wildlife Photographer of the Year category winner.

I also wrote about my feelings about the image itself, and told the story of how it was created: Thoughts on a Bison in a Snowstorm.

Check out the WPY traveling exhibition schedule here.


  1. Jennifer Eccles October 15, 2019 Reply

    Congratulations on the win, Max! Beautiful photo which captures the magnificence of this buffalo and the storm.

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      Max October 15, 2019 Reply

      Thank you, Jennifer!

  2. MartinKranz October 16, 2019 Reply

    Congratulations!!! This Foto is so great!

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      Max October 16, 2019 Reply

      Thank you, Martin!

  3. Phil Dien October 16, 2019 Reply

    Congratulations, Max! Outstanding image and well-deserved honor!

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      Max October 16, 2019 Reply

      Thank you, Phil!

  4. Michael Whittaker October 17, 2019 Reply

    As a follower of yours, I would like to congratulate you on your accomplishment. Great photo and thanks for sharing.

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      Max October 17, 2019 Reply

      Michael, thank you very much for the kind words and for following my work.

  5. Greg Rodgers July 9, 2020 Reply

    Your image really places the viewer in the environment that bison experienced as the snow came down. Beautifully captured and presented. Congratulations. And thank you for your article in NPN.

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      Max July 9, 2020 Reply

      Thank you, Greg! And thanks for taking time to read the article.

  6. Melissa Riley March 27, 2021 Reply

    Congrats Max. Your work is spectacular.

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      Max March 27, 2021 Reply

      Thanks, Melissa!

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