The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition returns to Newcastle Region Library until 9 August with Australian photographer, Justin Gilligan, among those honoured in the highly renowned international competition.

Featuring 100 powerful images, the exhibition showcases striking photographs of wildlife and nature from around the world.

The photographs exhibited in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) are increasingly important for the way they highlight pressing environmental issues such as animal extinction and destruction of natural landscape