Review: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011

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takin off - peterNature, art and photography are wonderful hobbies to have and interests to share. Combine all three and you have one of the most breathtaking visual experiences offered at the prestigious Iziko South Africa Museum in Company Gardens.

Jointly owned by the Natural History Museum in London and the BBC Wildlife Magazine, the competition is in its 46th year, though this is just the sixth year that it has travelled to South Africa. Long established as an international leader of such artistic representations of the natural world, this latest exhibition received in excess of 41 000 entries from amateurs and professionals the world over.

Whittled down to ‘just’ the best 100 photos, it is possible for the visitor to take the time to truly soak in each and every detail of the magnificent images. The exhibition stands as an awe-inspiring reminder of the majestic beauty, importance and fragility of the natural world.

This year features 11 categories including Creative Visions of Nature, Urban Wildlife, Animal Portraits and Interesting Animal Behaviours. There are even some breathtaking entries from kids as young as 10.

Be sure to look out for the award-winning photographs of local gurus, Peter Chadwick (Taking Off), Wim Van den Heever (Rhino Charge) and Thomas Peschak (The Salmon Jam, Night Shark, New Window on Life) and my personal favourite, Peter Delaney (Big Foot).

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The Wildlife Photographer of the Year runs 9 December 2011 – 13 March 2012 at the Iziko South African Museum.

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