Wildlife photographer of the year 2021, winner of the Grand Title of France with his image “Creation” was Laurent Ballesta CREDIT: Laurent Ballesta
Submitted by the Natural History Museum
The highlights of the world’s most prestigious nature photography exhibition have opened at the Natural History Museum in Tring, Hertfordshire and will run until Sunday 19 June.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 57 Highlights presents 34 awe-inspiring images, illustrating the incredible diversity of life on our planet, from rarely seen animal behavior displays to hidden underwater worlds.
Claire Walsh, Director of Interpretation and Exhibitions at the Natural History Museum in Tring, said: “We are delighted to once again host the 57th Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at Tring after a year-round hiatus. last due to the pandemic.
“The exhibit provides an opportunity to consider the extraordinary diversity of wildlife with which we share our world, and the role we each have in protecting their future.
“This year, we made the exhibition brighter and more inclusive by reducing images and introducing a new color palette.”
The selection on display includes the winners from the categories that have been announced at the Natural History Museum, London, including: Young Grand Title Winner.
10-year-old Vidyun R Hebbar received the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 award for his colorful image, House dome, from a tent spider to the passage of a tuk-tuk. Vidyun first entered the competition when he was just eight years old and loves photographing the often overlooked creatures that live on the streets and parks near his home in the city of Bengaluru, India.
Jury chairperson, writer and editor Rosamund ‘Roz’ Kidman Cox OBE said: “It’s such an imaginative way to photograph a spider. The picture is perfectly framed, the focus is perfect.
“You can see the spider’s fangs and the crazy weaving of the trap, the threads like a delicate nerve network tied to the spider’s feet. But the smartest part is adding a creative backdrop – the vivid colors of a motorized rickshaw. “
Natural History Museum researcher and jury member Dr Natalie Cooper said: “The jury loved this photo early on in the judging process.
“It’s a great reminder to take a closer look at the small animals we live with every day and to take your camera everywhere with you. You never know where that award-winning image will come from.”
The full exhibition of 100 images of the winners and finalists is on display at the Natural History Museum in London through Sunday, June 5, before touring the UK and overseas to locations in Australia, Belgium, in Canada, Denmark, Germany, United States and more. .
The 58th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition was open to applications from photographers of all ages, nationalities and levels on Monday, October 18.
The international jury of industry experts has been announced, and entry fees for photographers from 50 countries will be waived to further encourage entries from regions of the world currently under-represented in the annual competition. The Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is free for photographers aged 17 and under.
The exhibition is likely to be very popular and advance reservations are recommended through the website: Tring | Natural History Museum (nhm.ac.uk). Mid-week tours are ideal for those looking for a quieter experience.
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