UK winners in Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition
The winners of the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition have been announced. The world-renowned show debuts at the Natural History Museum on Friday 19 October, featuring 100 awe-inspiring images, with British photographers winning twenty of the coveted places.
The internationally-recognised competition has drawn over 48,000 entries from 98 countries, from amateur and professional photographers alike. Judges from across the globe picked the best entries based on creativity, artistry and technical complexity.
Chair of the panel, Jim Brandenburg said, “It amazes me to discover new and startling moments that have never been seen before. Secret moments in nature combined with a talented eye have given us rare photographs that we will truly be enjoyed forever and I am honoured to play a role in such an important competition.’”
The exhibition captures the intrigue and beauty of the natural world, but also points to the uncomfortable reality of human impact on it.
Photo by Eve Tucker Photo by David Chancellor Photo by Owen Hearn
Eve Tucker’s image of a serene gull floating past Canary Wharf is in stark contrast to the chilling nonchalance of the hunter in David Chancellor’s Trophy Room, while Owen Hearns’ Flight Paths depicts just how close the relationship between man and nature has become as a majestic eagle mirrors an approaching aeroplane.
Photo by David Maitland Photo by Anna Henly
The exhibition also takes you from the microscopic intricacy of a singular grain of sand in David Maitland’s Sands of Time, to the sheer vastness of our planet in Anna Henly’s Ice Matters, showing the breadth and wonders of our planet.
The images will tour in venues across the world after their London premiere.
Visitor information for Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum, London:
Dates and times: 19 October 2012 until 3 March 2013, 10.00–17.50
Admission: Adult £10, child and concession £5, family (up to two adults and three children) £27 and free for Members, Patrons and children aged three and under
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