Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Where: Natural History Museum, SW7
When: Every day (until 11th March)
Website: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/temporary-exhibitions/wpy/
Price: £9 each

If you had told me under-10s could produce such imaginative and impressive photos as those on display at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition I would never have believed you. Indeed it’s impossible to turn your head without finding an incredible photo, detailing the magnificence of the natural world.

The exhibition has two main sections. The first showcases young photographers, and is a fantastic display of emerging talent. The second, for professionals, is divided by theme. Insects, polar bears, wolves, hippos and chimpanzees were all gloriously captured on backlit screens in a darkened room.

As well as being visually striking, the exhibition also has a great interactive element. You can select your favourite photos from a touch screen monitor and scan your entrance ticket so you can save then to be digitally retrieved at home. A few of our favourites are below.

An additional upside for us was that we got in for free. Colin held a talk on space as part of Nature Live, and got 2 free exhibition tickets. A Nature live show involves hearing from a scientist about their specialist subject. There are daily talks on a range of topics and it’s free to attend. I would definitely recommend going along if there’s a topic of interest and you fancy learning something new.

Verdict: A visit to the Natural History to see the exhibition is highly recommended, particularly if you’re passionate about photography.There’s also plenty to see and do while you’re there and the cafe’s nice.






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