wildlife photographerIf you haven’t yet been to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit, this week is your last opportunity to do so.

It’s a chance to be awed and inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds us… and to gawk at the talent of the photographers who managed to capture the incredible images on display.

I’ve been twice, and it really is worth the meager R15 you’ll spend to get in.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition owned by the Natural History Museum of London and BBC Wildlife Magazine is an international showcase for the very best photography worldwide featuring natural subjects, which emphasize the beauty, wonder and importance of the natural world.   Since its inception in 1964, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition draws in thousands of entries, and in 2008 it attracted an overwhelming 32,351 entries from 82 countries  both from amateur and professional photographers. 

This world-class exhibition includes 83 winning shots, across 17 categories, and offers incredible insights into the beauty of natural landscapes and intimate animal behaviour.  It is an exhibition that has captured world attention and inspires wildlife photographers every year to seek out that prize-winning photographic shot which is often based on a combination of skill, vision, knowledge of nature and luck. (website)

My favourites this time were the striking polar bear sunlit silhouette, the cheeky and soulful macaques, Steve Winter’s snowstorm leopard and the mysterious swamp cypress

The most disturbing image?  Definitely this one.

Have you seen the exhibit?  I’d love to know what you thought of it (please leave a comment below)!

Exhibit info:
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year is on at Iziko South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town (next to the Planetarium) 10am – 5pm, seven days a week, until Sunday 15 March 2009. Cost: R15 per adult, R5 for students and pensioners, no charge for children under 16. Contact 021 481 3800 for more info.

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