Wednesday, 5 June 2013

National Geographic's Wildlife Photographer Exhibition in July

National Geographic Channels brings 
the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition to Durban this July

After a hiatus of seven years from the sunny city, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition is finally set to land back on the shores of Durban this July.

The internationally renowned exhibition will take place at Durban’s uShaka Marine World from 25 July to 25 September this year. The exhibition launch forms part of the Wild Talk Africa Film Festival and Conference, South Africa’s premier natural history film event, which will be running from 23-26 July, as one of the film industry most important festival events, which aligns with the Durban International Film Festival and Durban FilmMart which takes place from 18 to 28 July.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition will be open for two months and features one hundred of the world’s most amazing wildlife photographs taken by seventy-seven top international photographers. This selection of images was made from a massive 48 000 entries submitted from 98 countries worldwide, and includes work from South African photographers Brent Stirton, Jean Tresfon, Heinrich van den Berg, Kim Wolhuter, Frits Hoogendijk, Thomas Peschak and Hannes Lochner.

This year’s winner of the Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Species is South Africa’s own Kim Wolhuter  - a wildlife filmmaker whose moving image entitled “Dog Days” captured the judges attention and won him this very prestigious award.

Another South African to be featured in the top ranks is acclaimed photo-journalist Brent Stirton, the runner-up for the Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year Award. Stirton tells the story of rhino poaching in South Africa through 6 images, showing from start to finish the process of poaching rhinos for horn sold on Asian markets.

This year’s Durban iteration of the exhibition is sponsored by National Geographic Channels International. Thandi Davids of National Geographic Channel said the following about the partnership:

“National Geographic Channels International is proud to be a part of this exciting initiative that supports the art of photography and highlights the beauty of wildlife.  Throughout our history National Geographic, via its Explorers, has been involved in scientific research and on numerous occasions made contributions to the preservation of wildlife.  Photography has remained at the forefront of our vision and is still one of the best ways we have captured nature.”

The exhibition is an annual event, co-owned by the Natural History Museum of London and BBC Worldwide, and is a carefully chosen distillation of number photographic entries from around the world.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition launch will be a VIP event on the evening of the 24th July. All Wild talk Africa delegates will be invited to attend. The exhibition will be open to the public thereafter, from the 25th July to the 25th September 2013, at uShaka Marine World, 1 Bell Street, Durban.

For more info contact Wild Talk Africa on 021 4220023/ /    

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