50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year comes to Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

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2 May to 6 September 2015

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Press preview – Thursday 30 April 2015 @ 4pm

The arrival of the hugely popular 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in Brighton this summer is set to be an exciting event for the city.

For the first time at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, visitors can enjoy the best wildlife photography in the world without needing to travel to London or fight through crowds to see the pictures.

The world-renowned exhibition features 100 awe-inspiring photographs. From the majesty of a pride of lions to the tiniest of spiders, the images show nature in its most elemental and challenge our perceptions of the world of wildlife. Many of the photos explore the effect of environmental change on nature and some of the most endangered species in the wild.

The exhibition will be enhanced by the rare opportunity to view and touch some intriguing and unusual items from Royal Pavilion & Museum’s outstanding natural history collections which are not currently on display. See all kinds of creatures up close including a gorilla, a pangolin and even a giant anteater. There will also be a dedicated exhibition explainer in the gallery to answer questions and elaborate on the collections.

Timed perfectly for the launch of the Brighton Festival and the summer, the exhibition is expected to appeal to families, photography and wildlife fans.

Head of Royal Pavilion and Museums Janita Bagshawe said; “We are delighted to be hosting such a prestigious and world-class exhibition as Wildlife Photographer of the Year. This is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to experience the incredible talent on display in an inspirational setting in the cultural heart of Brighton.”

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 50 years. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. This exhibition is part of an international tour that allows the 100 award winning images to be seen by millions of people across six continents.

Admission charges apply. Concessions available. Please see website for details

To book tickets for this exhibition call the events booking line on 03000 390902 or online at www.brightonmuseums.org.uk

You are invited to a press preview of the exhibition on April 30 at 4pm at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. You will be able to see the photographs and talk to curators Jody East and Lee Ismail about the works. RSVP.

Media contact
For more information, to obtain high-resolution images or to arrange interviews with photographers or spokespeople, please contact Caroline Sutton on picnicpr@gmail.com or call 01273 419033 or 07802 542867. www.picnicmedia.co.uk

Notes to Editors

  • Please include appropriate credits to ensure image use is within the terms and conditions.
  • 50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year: How Wildlife Photography Became Art is published by the Natural History Museum, London, in hardback on 18 September 2014, price £35. ISBN: 9780565093518.
  • The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.
  • The Natural History Museum is an award-winning tourist attraction and also a world-leading science research centre. Through its collections and scientific expertise, the Museum works to help understand and maintain the richness and diversity of our planet, with groundbreaking partnerships in more than 70 countries. For more information go to www.nhm.ac.uk
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year was founded in 1965 by BBC Wildlife Magazine, then called Animals. The Natural History Museum joined forces in 1984 to create the competition as it is known today. Every month, BBC Wildlife Magazine, magazine partner, invites you to discover the wonders of nature through beautiful photography, compelling stories and fascinating facts. Learn about animal behaviour, understand the wildlife you see around you every day, and stay up to date with the issues facing the world’s wildlife. Each issue is packed with the world’s finest wildlife photography, insights from leading experts and award-winning writing. Find out more at www.discoverwildlife.com

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03000 290900
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