Thursday, 7 July 2011

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010


Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Aberdeen Art Gallery

11 June - 20 August 2011
From spectacular, sweeping landscapes to intimate portraits of animal behaviour, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition offers an unequalled insight into the beauty, drama and diversity of the natural world. Owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, the exhibition is a showcase for world-class photography, highlighting wildlife conservation and inspiring a love for nature. Every year thousands of entries are received at the Museum and judged by an expert panel, the winners of which make up the exhibition. Professional and amateur nature photographers worldwide aspire to win this competition and achieving the perfect picture is down to knowledge of nature, camera literacy, creativity, patience and passion.
This major summer exhibition will be accompanied by an exciting programme - Go Wild at the Gallery - featuring talks, events and art activities for a wide range of ages. Look out for our special Go Wild leaflet. (from the leaflet produced by the Aberdeen Art Gallery).

Storm Riders, Ben Cranke, Animals in Their Environment.
I had the luck to be in Aberdeen at the weekend and visited this fascinating exhibition. The photographs ranged from awe-inspiring to comic, from grand landscapes to tiny details and from young photographers to professionals. 
Pickings from Puffins. Marcello Calandrini. Behaviour : Birds
 The thing they all had in common was that they inspired envy  both of the ability shown and the chance to see the wildlife. My favourites were not always the most lauded, and were often some of the simpler ones.
Desert Survivor, Morkel Erasmus, Nature in Black and White.
 What was most striking was the sheer patience shown in acquiring the some of the images, often needing many days of watching and waiting, finding the perfect spot and then waiting for the animal to oblige. Other images seemed to be almost taken by luck, right place and right time, although I suspect a great deal of prior knowledge and research went into these as well as luck.

 The Magical Forest. Sandra Bartocha, Creative Visions of Nature.
I acquired as many postcards from the exhibition as I could, and will eventually acquire the book.

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