Do you remember me mentioning the photography exhibit I missed because I was playing in the snow? I had the chance to go this morning with d3, so I woke her up early and hopped the bus to the Natural History Museum.
The Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit is showing at the Natural History Museum until 3 March. The annual contest (currently in its 49th year) is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. The judging panel received 48,000 entries from 98 countries, which they distilled to the final 100 photographs on display.
When I entered the gallery I was surprised to see that the photographs were not framed and hung on the wall. The gallery, arranged by award category; Underwater Worlds, Wildscapes, Nature in Black and White, Creative Visions, Animal Portraits, Behavior: Mammals/Birds/Cold-Blooded Animals, Animals in their Environment, Botanical Realms as well as a “Young Photographer” category (10 and under, 11 – 14, 15- 17, presents the photographs in a stunning, backlit format.
Photograph by Francisco Mingorance (Spain), Spirit of the Volcano sourced here
Commended, Botanical Realms category 2012
Each photograph was accompanied by an interesting back-story about the subject and setting and a map showing where the photo was taken. The display also noted the technical details involved in taking the photo (type of camera, lenses, filters and other things I don’t understand but wish I did).
The photographs were stunning. One made my cry. They all took my breath away. Patrons filled out an exit questionnaire (voluntary) asking us to list our favorite photograph. We argued for a bit, went back through the gallery and settled on our favorite seven. It was a difficult choice.
Even if you have only a passing interest in photography, the exhibition is well worth it. My daughter and I were incredibly inspired and spent a significant amount of time flipping through the photography books in the museum bookshop. Maybe there’s hope for my photography after all.
Things to know:
The exhibit ends 3 March.
Entry cost is £10 for adults, £5 for students/concessions, free for museum members.
Check for details here before you go.
You can see some of the photographs online , using a search feature, although they are much better seen in person.