Wildlife Photography coming soon

By: Michael Harvey , Category: At The Museum, Date: 18 Dec 2009

Opening in a week - Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 - with added extras...

Each year, we are delighted to be able to present the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition from the Natural History Museum in London. It's always a pleasure to see what comes out of this competition - there's always a great mix of the truly dramatic, the innovative, the moving and the the beautiful. The skills of the photographers and the stories they tell about each shot are both compelling and, of course, we also enjoy arguing about whether or not we agree with the judges.

This year, we are going to try something new and add a small exhibition of our own to the Wildlife Photographer show. Like many museums, we have some highly skilled photographers working here, and photography supports our work in many ways - both in the behind-the-scenes scientific work and in the public arena. So we have put their skills on show too, creating 'My Photo Studio'. This is a space where you can bring your camera, get tips from our experts, and use our studio to make your own photographic masterpieces.

Our web unit has also created a new Flickr group for budding and established wildlife photographers to contribute their photos to. The bonus part of it is that these photos will be displayed on a screen in the Museum for the duration of the WPY exhibition, so fifteen minutes of fame beckons!

The group is at Wildlife Photography with the Australian Museum - if you are a keen photographer, or just have some wildlife pics you'd like to share, then do join the group and add your photos to the pool. And if you’ve never joined a photo sharing site and would like to, now’s your chance! Don’t be shy – Flickr is amazingly easy to set up and use. Even if you don’t join, take a moment to have a look – we already have a couple of external photographers contributing to the pool - lovely hummingbird photos from New Mexico!

Hope we see you at the exhibitions too - do let us know what you think of the new stuff we've added...