Stunning images showcasing the natural world’s most astonishing sights will be going on show in Wolverhampton this summer courtesy of London’s Natural History Museum. Wolverhampton Art Gallery is hosting the prestigious 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, featuring 100 awe-inspiring images capturing fascinating animal behaviour and breath-taking landscapes.

The show won critical acclaim – and attracted thousands of visitors – when it first opened in London, and is coming to Wolverhampton as part of a global tour. The show opens Saturday 23 July at the art gallery, which will be hosting a family day to mark its arrival.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights.

Founded in 1964, this year's event received more than 40,000 submissions from amateur and professional photographers from nearly 100 countries around the globe.

It is the first time the Lichfield Street gallery has hosted the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and visitors can expect staggering must-see images displayed in an ultra-modern lightbox format.

Mark Blackstock, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Head of Visitor Economy, said: “This is a blockbuster show which is on an international tour that will be seen by millions of people across six continents.

"We are delighted to welcome it to Wolverhampton for the first time and I have no doubt it will attract many visitors so I would urge people to make sure they book tickets so they don't miss out.”

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year will be on show at Wolverhampton Art Gallery from Saturday 23 July to Saturday 17 September, 2016, from 10am-5pm, Monday to Saturday.