With foxes and badgers bouncing on trampolines and David Attenborough making us gasp at the great Planet Earth, it seems we’ve all gone nature-nuts. So there’s no better time to take a trip to the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill – the museum’s latest exhibition, European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, showcases the beauty and diversity of the natural world.
Lead image: Surprised newt by Pekka Tuuri
Opening on Saturday 26 November 2016, the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at The Horniman features all the winning photographs from the 2015 competition, on display for the first time in the UK.
With a total of 84 exceptional and eye-catching images, this exhibition highlights some of nature’s most dramatic, weird and wonderful moments. The overall winner, Shadow Walker, features a photographed urban fox taken by Surrey-based photographer Richard Peters in his back garden. The exhibition also captures heart-warming points in time, for instance a new-born seal’s first glimpse of the world.
This exhibition is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to encourage people of all ages to connect with nature. A conversation starter and an eye-opener, exhibitions like this highlight the importance of staying informed on how our world and it’s surroundings continue to change at a scarily rapid rate.
‘There are photos here that will fascinate and delight any nature-lover, as well as some that remind us of the fragility of our world’, says Jo Hatton, Keeper of Natural History at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. ‘But above all visitors will be struck by the sheer beauty and wonderful variety of nature, captured by the artistry of some of Europe’s best photographers.’
Not only is the exhibition free to visit, the Horniman is also allowing the general public to vote for their favourite photograph, with the result being announced on its website on 20 January. The European Wildlife Photographer of the Year is open from Saturday 26 November to Sunday 15 January 2017.
100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ; horniman.ac.uk
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Natural History Museum
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