Museums & Galleries Ltd has announced the launch of a range of Wildlife Photographer of the Year greeting cards licensed from the Natural History Museum, London.
The 31 cards in the launch range are now available.
Maxine Lister, head of licensing at the Natural History Museum, said: “We are delighted to have worked alongside the team at Museums & Galleries to develop such a beautiful collection of greetings cards that showcase some of the incredible photography on offer from the archives of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Not only do the cards highlight the true diversity of nature on our planet, they are also kind to the planet as they come with minimal, paper-based packaging and are fully recyclable.”
The Natural History Museum is both a world-leading science research centre and the most-visited natural history museum in Europe. It is also custodian of one of the world’s most important scientific collections comprising more than 80 million specimens. The Museum’s 300 scientists continue to represent one of the largest groups in the world studying and enabling research into every aspect of nature.
In today’s challenging times, the Natural History Museum aims to create advocates for the planet; to inspire individuals to make a positive difference to our shared global future.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is an international showcase of the very best in nature photography and one of the Museum’s most successful, long-running exhibitions. Today more than a million visitors visit the touring exhibition across the UK and internationally.
It is the most prestigious wildlife photography contest in the world. The first competition was held back in 1964, with three categories and around 600 entries. The competition has received entries from 100 countries and in 2020 the competition received more than 50,000 entries.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year celebrates and amplifies the power of photography, to move hearts and minds, sparking change. Contextualised and empowered by Museum science, the winning images tell remarkable stories that spark emotive reactions that benefit the planet. They are also made more personal through the photographers’ stories.
Museums & Galleries Ltd was founded in the mid-80s to bring the treasures of the world’s museums to the high street. Today the company publishes a large range of high-quality greeting cards, gift packaging, social stationery, journals, gift products, calendars and year planners.
Museums & Galleries is committed to a continuous process of review and change to improve sustainability in all of its operations. It was at the forefront of reducing plastic packaging for its cards, developing the ingenious, completely paper-based plastics-free ecoBand that neatly ties card and envelope together while at the same time providing the most powerful branding solution.
“For us Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a perfect blend of ‘art’ and ’emotional content’ – which is just what Museums & Galleries customers appreciate”Ben Dorney, creative director of Museums & Galleries
Ben Dorney, creative director of Museums & Galleries, said: “For us Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a perfect blend of ‘art’ and ’emotional content’ – which is just what Museums & Galleries customers appreciate. We were honoured to be asked by Maxine at the Natural History Museum to consider working with them on it, and then very quick to confirm our interest once we saw the photographs.
“We were blown away by the quality and originality of the images which are – literally – award-winning. In addition, the competition’s aims ‘to create advocates for the planet’, and its ownership by the Museum, adds a genuine environmental urgency and potency to the licence.
“For such a complex project involving so many photographers, Maxine and Georgie have made it an incredibly smooth process. We’re thrilled to be launching the range and have already received extremely positive responses from retailers on first sight of it.
We’re excited to add more amazing pictures to the range as we progress!”