In August 2016, I went with my family to see this exhibition. The main reason behind going was the fact I love photography and I am inspired by the thoughts other people's pieces bring to me. For me, photography (especially wildlife) is a form of meditation so to visit the exhibition was an hour of relaxing and calming thoughts. It was as if I, along with most people also visiting, was in communion with creativity and that was a lovely feeling. I also felt like being in the company of art and other artists boosted my creativity and helped me improve my techniques. What I found helped me understand the processes each photographer used to take a fantastic photo were the explanations by the side of each piece, telling me how and why. I was really inspired by the patience and determination some had to take the most fabulous shot. I also really like the layout of the exhibition because it flowed really well. I didn't have to think about where to go next, I kept moving along (with the ability to return to specific photographs if I wished) until I couldn't move along anymore. I could focus all of my attention on the photography and get lost in the art. The exhibition to me was also a perfect length. Any shorter and it would've been over too soon and an abrupt end but any longer and I would've become aware of the time. To me, the only negative to the whole experience were the meanings behind some of the photos as certain ones were a little hard to look at and very thought provoking, however, they were still very clever and wonderfully executed. I would certainly recommend this event as it was an inspiring display which has helped me in many ways and and would certainly go again.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition is an annual exhibition from the Natural History Museum showcasing the very best wildlife imagery.