Camera Close-Ups Of The Animal World At ZSL London Zoo

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Camera Close-Ups Of The Animal World At ZSL London Zoo

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Simone Sbaraglia's winning shot of a panther chameleon
Simone Sbaraglia's winning shot of a panther chameleon
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis)
Etosha National Park, Kunene, Namibia

Some of the largest groups of giraffes that I saw on my travels through Africa were in the Etosha National Park in Namibia. Groups of up to 30 were serenely browsing the trees around the edges of the pan. At times the vehicle was surrounded by giraffes, and it was clear that some of the males were sizing each other up. Before long these two started 'necking' - though it looks like they might be the best of friends, they were engaged in a serious scuffle over mating rights, each taking it in turns to butt the other.

Canon EOS 30D with EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens at 400mm. 1/1250s at f/6.3 +0.67, ISO 200.
King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus, colony, Salisbury Plain, Bay of Isles, South Georgia in December.

From the fluffy pink feathers of a flamingo to the tufty black and white mane of a zebra, the ZSL Animal Photography Exhibition at ZSL London Zoo gives visitors a chance to get up close to stunning animal photography.

The exhibition spirals around the centre of Barclay Court, at the heart of the zoo, and tails round towards the animal enclosures, creating a fluid viewing experience in which these superb photos merge with the zoo itself. Although not all species represented in the photographs are represented in the zoo's living collection, this bridging of the gap between photos and the natural world goes a long way to endearing the furry and featured subjects of the photos to visitors.

The high quality of this year's chosen photographs bring the rich textures of the animals to life, and the large, crystal-clear prints allow you to really explore the beauty of the images. In particular, Sally Kilpin's photo of a zebra's mane, and the photo of a flamingo need to be seen to be fully appreciated — the images above do not do justice to the prints on display at the zoo. Simone Sbaraglia's winning shot of a chameleon catching its prey with a split-second zap of its tongue is particularly mesmerising, thanks to a combination of Sbaraglia's skilled framing and the serendipitous timing that runs throughout the "Perfect Moment" category — and of course, that grin on the chameleon's face.

ZSL London Zoo’s Animal Photography Exhibition is open now until early 2015, at ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY. The exhibition is free to enter with a ticket to the zoo (entry prices here). For more information on ZSL London Zoo, visit their website, follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook.

Last Updated 09 October 2014