JAW-DROPPING PICTURES OF THE NATURAL WORLD
PHOTOGRAPHY ON AN EPIC SCALE IS AT THE HEART OF A NEW EXHIBITION EXALTING THE WONDERS OF THE NATURAL WORLD
AS the recent success of the BBC’s Blue Planet II highlighted, new technology allows us to see the diversity – and fragility – of life on earth in new and different ways. It is this sense of awe and wonder that sits at the centre of the National Museum of Scotland’s latest exhibition, which showcases half a century of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, the immersive and spectacular display features 100 awe-inspiring images that present the beauty and drama of the natural world.The competition launched in 1965 with 361 entries. This year – its 53rd – the contest received almost 50,000 entries from professional and amateur photographers alike, and features an astonishing breadth and depth of work, from fascinating animal behaviours to the stunning and challenging landscapes where they live. The large-scale, backlit panels, meanwhile, give a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most beautiful – and indeed strange – creatures on earth.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year runs from Friday until April 20 at the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh. Entry costs £8 for adults and £6 for concessions. Children and members go free