Wildlife photographer of the year exhibition 2015

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Stunning images will be unveiled in Cape Town on 1 December 2015 at the 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition.

The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will open in Cape Town at the Chavonnes Battery Museum, Clocktower, V&A Waterfront on 1st December 2015, featuring over 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behaviour to breath-taking wild landscapes.   The exhibition will be in Cape Town until 15 April and from there it will move onto Johannesburg and Durban later in 2016.

The Shark Surfer Photograph by Thomas P. Peschak/www.thomaspeschak.com. Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015

The Shark Surfer Photograph by Thomas P. Peschak/www.thomaspeschak.com. Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015

Showcasing the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years. Launching in the UK in 1965 and attracting then 361 entries, today the competition receives over 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. This year there are 13 images by South African Finalists and Winners for the various categories featured.

Natural frame by Morkel Erasmus, South Africa. Finalist, Black & White. Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015. Morkel could hear every rumble. He could even smell the elephants. But his view was limited to the viewing slit of a cramped bunker sunk into the ground beside a remote waterhole in Namibia’s Etosha National Park. Giraffes, zebras and kudu wandered in and out of view, but the elephants were right in front, sometimes so close that his view was blocked. Morkel used black and white to place the emphasis on the composition. His moment came when a mother framed his shot with her legs just as her calf walked into view framing a giraffe. Having caught his ‘dream moment’, Morkel put down his camera and just sat and enjoyed the ‘bliss’ of watching wild animals taking their turn to drink from this life-giving waterhole. Nikon D800 + 70-200mm f2.8 lens at 200mm; 1/640 sec at f8; ISO 360.

Bringing this inspirational exhibition of the best wildlife photos in the world to South Africa

Event organizer Sophie Dandridge says: “We are so proud to bring this inspirational exhibition of the best wildlife photos in the world to South Africa for the 8th year running! It is an incredibly important medium for every age group to be able to experience and engage with our planet’s beautiful environment and conservation issues in such a visual way – especially in the heart of a city.”

It came from the deep by Fabien Michenet, France. Finalist, Underwater. Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015. Fabien spends many hours diving at night in deep water off the coast of Tahiti, French Polynesia, where he lives. He is fascinated by the diversity of tiny creatures that migrate up from the depths under cover of darkness. These zooplankton feed on the phytoplankton found near the surface (which need sunlight to photosynthesize) and are themselves hunted by small predators that follow their ascent. One night, about 20 metres (66 feet) below the surface, in water 1,000 metres (3,300 feet) deep, some juvenile octopuses – just 2 centimetres (an inch) across, swam into view. ‘One of them stopped in front me,’ says Fabien, ‘waving its tentacles gracefully, perhaps taking advantage of my lights to hunt the little crustaceans that were swimming around.’ Its body was transparent – camouflage for the open ocean – revealing its internal organs. Chromatophores (colour‐changing cells) were visible on its tentacles, possibly for use in the light, when a different kind of camouflage would be needed. By keeping as close as possible and drifting at exactly the same speed as the diminutive octopus, and taking care not to upset its natural behaviour with strong lighting, Fabien was able to capture his eye-to-eye portrait. Nikon D800 + 60mm f2.8 lens; 1/320 sec at f18; ISO 200; Nauticam housing; x2 Inon Z-240 strobes.

South African itinerary

This year’s award-winning images embark on an international tour, including South Africa’s Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, that allows them to be seen by millions of people across six continents. Every year, the exhibition will return to South Africa with the most

recent winners of the past year’s competition. Categories within the exhibition include the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award, with incredible wildlife images taken by children in 3 categories: 10 years and under, 11-14 yrs old and 15-17 yrs old.

Other categories include: Mammals, Plants, Birds, Under Water, Black And White, Rising Star Portfolio Award, Wildlife Photojournalist Award (Story and Single Image), Impressions, Details, Urban, From The Sky, Land, Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Portfolio Award, Time-lapse Award.

Meet the photographers

On certain Wednesday evenings from 6pm-8pm, branded ‘Wildlife Wednesdays’, the exhibition will host a wildlife photographer presenting their work and inspiring an audience with their stories and photographs from the field.

Don’t miss out – get your tickets on line

Entry by ticket only. Tickets available at Webtickets.co.za www.webtickets.co.za

For more information or enquiries, please contact event co-ordinator Sophie Dandridge info@wpy.co.za / or visit www.wpy.co.za.Facebook: wpy.co.za /Twitter: #WPY15SA.

Johannesburg and Durban dates and venue to be announced shortly.

Caption to introductory photograph: The Shark Surfer Photograph by Thomas P Peschak/www.thomaspeschak.com. Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015

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