EXHIBITION – Wildlife Photographer of the Year, National Museum, Edinburgh (free)

Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the National Museum Chambers Street, 17 March – 1 June 2014

Connor Stefanison, Lucky pounce © Connor stefanison

The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, has opened  at the National Museum of Scotland. It features 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behaviour to breathtaking wild landscapes.

Admission is free.

Now in its 49th year, the internationally-recognised annual competition has drawn around 43,000 entries from 96 countries, from amateur and professional photographers alike. The rigorous selection process has brought together judges from across the globe, to choose the best entries based on creativity, artistry and technical complexity.

Cherie McNair, Head of Exhibitions and Design at National Museums Scotland says:

“We are delighted that Wildlife Photographer of the Year is coming to the National Museum of Scotland from the Natural History Museum, London. This exhibition presents thought-provoking new ways of seeing the world through the lens of photographers across the world. These extraordinary images are certain to evoke a response and will resonate with our audiences.”

Paul Sounders, Water bear © Paul Souders

Through the lens of wildlife photography, the exhibition captures the intrigue and beauty of our planet, giving us a glimpse of the natural world as it has never been seen before.

Chair of the panel, Jim Brandenburg says:

“These talented photographers have made capturing wildlife on camera a true art form. They have given us a rare glimpse into moments in nature and places on our Earth that are constantly changing but, through their photographs, can be enjoyed by future generations. I am honoured to be a part of such an important competition.”

The exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland is the only showing in Scotland and forms part of a tour to ten venues across the UK, as well as internationally.

Further information is available on the National Museums of Scotland website.

The exhibition is open daily 1000 – 1700 and admission is free.

We have visited the exhibition and love the photos. Each photo has a story below it to explain when, where and how it was taken and a bit of background information on the subject.  Our favourites are titled ‘travelling companions’ and ‘curiosity and the cat’.

A book of the exhibition is available to buy in the museum gift shop as well as postcards etc.

Luis Javier Sandoval, Dive buddy © Luis Javier Sandoval

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