Wildlife Photographer of The Year 2016

As a treat in January,  Stan took me to one of my favourite yearly exhibitions!

I have been to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition a couple of times of the years when they were at the Natural History Museum in London.
This year I went to see it whilst it was at the MShed in Bristol!

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While walking around you can’t help but be blown away by the photographs there. The images give you that chance to see nature and life in a different life.

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Playing Pangolin, Lance van de Vyver

We all have different images of what wildlife is like, with seeing how it’s portrayed on telly. On shows that I watch regularly when they are on.
But I really think that exhibitions like this give a more personal insight into how the world out there is. I understand that it again is a view from someone else’s lens, but they seem more personal than a documentary.

With each image comes a description of how the photograph was taken – how long it took to take the photograph, where it was taken etc. For instance, with the photograph above, the pangolin was a toy for the lion for a good 14 hours before being left alone, even though unfortunately the pangolion then died. It’s being able to look at photographs like this that truly show what the world is about.

Fury at Kilauea
Blast Furnace, Alexandre Hec

As well as just being amazed by the images, it’s really given me the motivation to go and take photos of everything! Not that I’ll be climbing volcanoes anytime soon to get a photo like the one above.

The landscape images as well as the animals were so detailed and unusual, but I feel that if I started practicing now, in a couple of years I could hopefully have taken a photo that’s nearly as good as these!

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Nosy Neighbour, Sam Hobson

I saved the image above until last because it was taken in Bristol. By gaining the trust of the foxes that seemed to be fed by the neighbours around, Hobson was able to take the close up photo above that shows the side of a fox that aren’t so often seen, that being the soft and vulnerable side to them.



If you haven’t already been to see it, I highly recommend it!

It’s in the;
MShed, Bristol until the 5th March this year.
Natural History Museum, London 21st October – 10th September this year.

https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-2016
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-52.html
http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2016/09/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-2016/499979/
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