I love photography in many forms, but I’ve never really thought of myself as a fan of wildlife photos. Give me portraits, landscapes, sports, architecture. I’ve never had much time for the animals, I’m afraid.
But when Mel suggested a visit to the Natural History Museum’s Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year show, I agreed it could be worth a visit.
Wow. As someone who doesn’t consider himself a fan of wildlife photos, I lost count of the amount of amazing images which blew me away. Staggering colours, amazing situations and some inspiring creatures.
It’s so hard to decide on a favourite, but this shot of a bear by Sergey Gorshkov is one I will remember for a while.
The show was beautifully presented in the Jarwood Gallery of the Natural History Museum. Lightboxes were displayed around the perimeter, with winning shots shown large in enclosures in the centre of the gallery.
Also in the centre of the room were interactive displays reminiscent of Flickr’s map functionality. We were able to browse the photos geographically, and were invited to email the photos to ourselves. Disappointingly, my choices have not yet appeared in my Gmail, but I don’t mind when the Awards’ website allows you to browse the finalists and leave comments.
It was plain to how the entrants were dominated by digital equipment, in particular the Canon 1D and other Canon cameras. Of the few photos shot on film, Fuji Velvia was the film of choice.
The show is on until 27 April. Go see.