During summer school holidays what better way to spend a day than to see the best of the world's wildlife photographs at the Australian Museum?

Direct from London’s Natural History Museum, a showcase of over a hundred of the best images from the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 competition opens on 4 December and runs until 13 March 2011.

From an enormous beachcombing turtle to the underbelly of a manta ray, a lone rhino eating in the forest or the unusual interaction between three young owls, these stunning and inspiring images offer a glimpse into the natural world and the animals which inhabit it.

The much coveted title of Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year for 2010 was awarded to Hungarian photographer Bence Màté for his stunning image, A marvel of ants, capturing the intricate life of ants in the Costa Rican rainforest. His photograph is taken from a portfolio of six images which also won the Erik Hosking Award for the best work from a young photographer aged between 18 – 26. Mark Carwardine, Chair of the Judging Panel, said “these strong images show Bence is clearly a master of his craft with an artist’s eye.”

Four Australians are included in the Australian Museum exhibition including Kah Kit Yoong, awarded Runner Up in the Creative Visions of Nature category for a stirring image of an Australian Southern Swell.

A hugely popular parallel element to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is the family-friendly ‘My Photo Studio’ – an interactive space where you can get focused and get a new perspective from the lens of your own camera!

Visitors of all ages are encouraged to bring a camera for the chance to zoom in on some unique Museum specimens and receive photography tips and tricks from the Museum’s in-house experts – including using manual controls for better photos, controlling light and shadow, how to use low shutter speeds and shooting through glass.

Vote for your favourite image from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and go into the draw to win a trip to Christmas Island where you can put your photography tips into practice capturing the island’s spectacular flora and fauna - and even the annual crab migration! Prize is courtesy of Christmas Island Tourism Association.

Note for Editors

Images are available on request from the Australian Museum publicity department.

Up to five exhibition images are provided free of charge provided the mandatory credit – Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by the Natural History Museum, London and BBC Wildlife Magazine – appears in the copy.

Turtle image: Giant Beachcomber © Thomas P Peschak / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010