18th January  – 13th March 2011 Nature in Art, Twigworth, Gloucester
Fresh from its launch at the Natural History Museum!
Animal activities, creative portraits, skilful hunters and vistas from the furthest corners of our planet will be captured in this photographic exhibition of the world’s most striking natural moments.  The show features more than 100 winning and commended images from the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, encompassing its 18 varied categories.

The competition (organised by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine) is the largest and most prestigious event of its kind in the world and is now in its 46th year.

Nature in Art 65: It came from the gloomNature in Art 65: It came from the gloom

Image no 65  It came from the gloom © Patrik Bartuška
The exhibition showcases the very best photographic images of nature to a worldwide audience, displaying the splendour, drama and variety of life on Earth and inspiring people to care for its future.  Each picture is captioned to reveal how and why it was taken.  For many photographers, highlighting the richness and dynamic essence of wildlife is just as important as capturing a special moment with perfect composition and timing. Nature in Art 02: Fire on the PantanalNature in Art 02: Fire on the Pantanal

Image no 02  Fire on the Pantanal © Bence Máté

The show also aims to show the artistry involved in wildlife photography and encourage a new generation of photographers to produce visionary and evocative interpretations of nature. 

The much coveted title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year was awarded to Hungarian photographer Bence Máté from Pusztaszer for his image “A marvel of ants”, a simple shot that captures the complexity of the behaviour of leaf-cutter ants in the Costa Rican rainforest.

Bence’s winning photograph is taken from a portfolio which won the competition’s Erik Hosking Award. This award is given to the portfolio of six images that represent the best work of young, talented photographers between the ages of 18 and 26 and has not been awarded since 2007, when Bence last won it. Speaking about Bence’s impressive portfolio, Chair of the judging panel, Mark Carwardine said, ‘These six strong images show a range of subjects and styles. The photographer is clearly a master of his craft with an artist’s eye.’

British teenager Fergus Gill took the young Wildlife Photographer of the Year title for the second year in a row. His image of a fieldfare, “The frozen moment”, was judged to be the most memorable of all the pictures by photographers aged 17 or under.

Speaking about Fergus’ winning image, Mark Carwardine says, ‘The hovering fieldfare is posed as an artist might paint it, the delicate yellow of the frozen berries echoing its breast feathers. A winning gem of a picture.’

Selected from tens of thousands of entries from across the globe, the images were judged to be the best of all those entered in the 2010 competition by a judging panel that included some of the world’s most respected nature photographers and wildlife experts.

Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Twigworth, Gloucester GL2 9PA

Telephone: 01452 731422

Opening Hours:  Tuesday – Sunday  10am – 5pm and Bank Holiday Mondays
Closed December 24th – 26th and Mondays

2011 Admission prices
Adults   £5.25 Concessions £4.75 Under 8s FREE Family      £15.00

 Permanent exhibition galleries also open
 No additional charge for temporary exhibitions
 All temporary exhibitions have available free children’s Activity packs
 Also: coffee shop, gift shop, sculpture garden, children’s indoor activity area and outdoor play area, free car-parking, wheelchair-user access.

Source: Nature in Art