Since 1990, The Natural History Museum has showcased a collection of photos from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Exhibited on light panels, visitors can view the world’s best wildlife photos.
On the 22nd October 2018, I went to the Natural History Museum to visit the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. The gallery of photos was beautiful and thought provoking. They presented ideas from the beauty of wildlife to the fragility of nature. I really liked the photograph of a fox standing in the middle of a derelict classroom. It was taken in the city of Pripyat which is within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone due to radiation. In the absence of humans, wildlife in Pripyat are thriving. The photographer, Adrian Bliss, was extremely lucky as the fox trotted into the classroom completely by chance.
I also found it very inspiring that there were many entries from children around the world. The winner of the ’10 Years and Under’ category was Arshdeep Singh. He photographed two spotted owls in a pipe. Due to widespread deforestation, the owls have been forced to use the pipe as a nesting site.
The atmosphere was calm as the people visiting were all there to enjoy the exhibition of breath-taking photographs. I noticed that many of these people were adults and I think that young people should be encouraged to visit as I feel like everyone would take pleasure in appreciating the photos.
Although the Wildlife Photographer of the Year was a paid exhibition, I think it was worth it. For a small amount of money, I spent two hours looking at each photo and reading the caption under it. Tickets for this exhibition cost £13.50 for an adult and £8 for a child.
I would definitely love to return next year to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 as it is amazing to see some beautiful images that have either a strong meaning or portray a photographer's hard work and dedication.