Friday 16 September 2016 to 19 February 2017
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, on tour from the Natural History Museum in London, will open at the National Museum of Scotland on Friday 16 September 2016. This will be the only Scottish venue for the exhibition, which will feature 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behaviour to breathtaking wild landscapes.
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 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 50,000 entries from 95 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. The 100 award-winning images from the fifty-first competition have embarked on an international tour allowing them to be seen by millions of people across six continents.
Dr Nick Fraser, Keeper of Natural Sciences at National Museums Scotland, says:
“We are delighted that Wildlife Photographer of the Year is returning to the National Museum of Scotland, from the Natural History Museum in London, particularly as the Museum is this year’s only Scottish venue. This exhibition presents thought-provoking new ways of seeing the world through the lens of photographers across the world. These extraordinary images are certain to evoke a response and will resonate with our audiences.”
Through the lens of wildlife photography, the exhibition captures the intrigue and beauty of our planet, giving us a glimpse of the natural world as it has never been seen before.
Chris Harte, Chief Executive at Morton Fraser, said:
“Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a breathtaking exhibition. It epitomises clarity, focus and excellence, which are all values we share at Morton Fraser. We are proud to support such a prestigious exhibition as it comes to Scotland.”
David Watt, Arts & Business Scotland Chief Executive, said:
“Arts & Business Scotland is delighted to be supporting the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland through the New Arts Sponsorship Grants programme. The collaboration between National Museums Scotland and Morton Fraser is a fantastic example of the cross sector working to support top class cultural activity in Scotland.”
For further information and images please contact Kirsten Cowie, Press Office, National Museums Scotland, tel 0131 247 4391, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To arrange interviews with photographers or spokespeople, please contact Zoe Stanton at the Natural History Museum Press Office.
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