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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition now opened

29/05/2015
PRESTIGIOUS WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR EXHIBITION TO OPEN AT SCOTLAND STREET SCHOOL MUSEUM

The world’s largest and most prestigious photographic competition championing images of nature and natural environments is set to open at Scotland Street School Museum.  Glasgow is the only Scottish city to host Wildlife Photographer of the Year during its worldwide tour, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London.  Glasgow Museums is taking this opportunity to showcase some of the city’s wonderful Natural History collection beside the spectacular images.

Over the last 50 years the competition invites professional and non-professional photographers from across the world to enter their finest images.  Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal.  An international panel of judges chose 100 images as the greatest for exhibition and publication in a corresponding book of the same title.  

The exhibition opened at Scotland Street Museum Glasgow on Friday 29 May and run until Sunday 29 November 2015. Entry is free.  

Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “These one hundred awe-inspiring images showcase the talent of international photographers who have been commended by Wildlife Photographer of the Year.  The incredible range of photographs shows unique behaviours, inspiring landscapes and thought-provoking snapshots of a moment in time.  

“We are delighted to host such a prestigious international touring exhibition as this at Scotland Street Museum.  We are confident that the striking photographs, cleverly contrasted alongside some of Glasgow Museums wonderful natural history collection, and complemented with an exciting programme of related events, will be a big draw this summer.”       

Glasgow Museums Natural History conservator Laurence Simmen showed a heron from the city’s collection alongside Joshua Burch’s image Fish-eye view, which features a heron and is part of the Young Wildlife Photographer: 15-17 years old section.  A local youngster, dressed as another fine feathered friend to be in keeping with the new exhibition, kept a beady eye on all that was going on in the gallery. 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year promotes the work of the wildlife photographer and produces breath-taking images of a snapshot in time which inspire a new generation of artists to produce original, stunning work.  The competition provides a platform for an incredibly varied range of natural subject matter and genres of nature photography, including birds, mammals, insects, underwater species, plants and fungi and earth’s environments.  Categories include The Wildlife Photojournalist Award, Rising Star Portfolio Award and Young Wildlife Photographer Award, which is further split into 10 years and under, 11-14 years and 15-17 years.  

Scotland Street School Museum has programmed a series of activities, workshops, talks and events for adults and families, taking place across the summer to complement the exhibition.  Within the exhibition youngsters can also come face to face with a wildebeest, spy on a fox and catch a glimpse of a kingfisher.  While budding wildlife explorers can dress up as one of the animals in the exhibition, build animal habitats, get birdwatching, make puppets, masks and mobiles.  For further information see www.glasgowmuseums.com

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.  The call for entries runs each year from January to February.  Find out more at www.wildlifephotographeroftheyear.com

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