Another Great Year For Wildlife Photographer Of The Year
Londonist Rating: ★★★★★
One surefire hit on the annual exhibition calendar is Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum. We've been going for the last five years and have never been disappointed. The competition itself is 50 years old. On display for the next 10 months are the latest winners and finalists.
This year's selection is as diverse as ever. One of our favourites is the timelapse of a forest being razed to the ground, before new growth springs forth. Another striking photo shows vultures gathered around a green turtle carcass. London even gets a nod, as ring necked parakeets fly over a cemetery at night.
Other arresting images include a confused looking silverback gorilla, as it steps out of the forest onto adjacent farmland, and a scary huntsman spider whose black and white body contrasts with the red-brown sand underfoot. One of our overall favourite images was from last year's winner Greg du Toit. He captures a wildebeest silhouetted by the fire raging just behind. It feels like something out of a horror movie.
As with previous years, the threat humanity poses to wildlife is an important part of this exhibition. One arresting image is of 30,000 shark fins drying on a roof. Another project depicts both sides of a conflict — one photograph shows a hanging skinned lion, while the adjacent image is of a man who lost both arms in a lion attack.
This year's exhibition is filled with beautiful, mesmerising and powerful photographs demonstrating the wonder and fragility of the natural world.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 is on at Natural History Museum until 30 August 2015. Tickets are £12.60 for adults, concessions available. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.
For more great art in London, see our October listings.
Last Updated 24 October 2014