Top image by Jason Bantle.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition opened at M Shed Harbourside today (23 November) – with Filwood Library offering a number of free tickets for local residents.
With 100 new dramatic images, the exhibition includes vivid landscapes and animal portraits as well as extraordinary species and endangered habitats.
The exhibition aims for visitors to see the “beauty and fragility of life on earth” and encounter the surprising – and often challenging – stories behind the images during a time of environmental crisis.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum in London and sponsored at M Shed by Bristol Energy, National Friendly and Pukka Herbs.
Deputy Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Craig Cheney, said: “At a time when climate change, wildlife extinction and plastic pollution are major global concerns, Wildlife Photographer of the Year has never been more relevant.
“I’m sure its popularity in Bristol is a reflection of the city’s values and ambitions…”
Launched in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives 48,000 entries from 100 countries. Winning images are selected for their “creativity, originality and technical excellence”.
Chair of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year jury, Rosamund Kidman Cox, said: “When you find a picture that has both remarkable composition and unforgettable drama, it deserves the highest award.
“But what all the memorable pictures in this exhibition share is the ability to evoke an emotional reaction. Some may shock – deliberately so – others sadden, but as a whole they will leave you marvelling at the extraordinary, wondrous nature of life.”
A range of events will accompany the exhibition, including a chance to see it after-hours for free on Tuesday 3 December with mulled wine and exclusive festive offers in the M Shed shop.
To complement the exhibition, M Shed will also display Ghostnet Dress by Linda Thomas. This is made from old fishing gear found discarded in the sea or washed up on beaches – which poses a significant threat to marine life.
The exhibition runs fro 23 November to 4 May 2020. Tickets are on sale now and available at M Shed and bristolmuseums.org.uk