Wildlife on film
One of the world’s most prestigious photography exhibitions, Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year, will come to World Museum in Liverpool in July.
From 6 July to 28 October 2012 100 wildlife photographs will go on display in a free exhibition for all the family.
Among the photographs on display will be the prizewinning entries to the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2011. The overall winner was Daniel Beltrá from Spain for his work Still life in oil, an image of eight brown pelicans rescued from an oil spill. Young Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year winner was Mateusz Piesiak from Poland with his work Pester power a picture that depicts two American oystercatchers on a beach on Long Island, New York.
These prizewinning images come from the tens of thousands of international entries from the competition’s 17 categories. The exhibition debuted at the Natural History Museum before it embarked on its tour around the world. The exhibition will be the first time that the backlit images will be seen in the UK outside London.
A selection of mounted specimens from World Museum’s wildlife collection will also be going on display. To tie in with the London 2012 Olympic Games each specimen will be a ‘record breaker’, from the Wandering Albatross who has the greatest wingspan to the Spotted Hyena, a mammal with the most powerful jaws in the animal kingdom.
Steve Judd, Director of World Museum, said: “We’re delighted to be showing this fabulous exhibition. From the sea to the stars, WorldMuseumcelebrates wildlife and the natural world so this exhibition fits perfectly with what we already offer to our visitors. It also gives us an opportunity to display some of our own collection which will compliment the photography.”
The first Wildlife Photography Competition was held in 1964, with three categories and around 600 entries, now there have been more than 40,000 entries received from more than 90 countries around the globe.
Now in its 47th year, the competition is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine and is sponsored by Veolia Environnement. It is internationally recognised for taking a lead in the artistic representation of the natural world and continues to be held in high esteem.
For more information about the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and World Museum go to – www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/