50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year – Press Preview

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Press Preview – Thursday 30 April 2015 at 4pm
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
An opportunity to interview finalist Andrew Forsyth at the press preview of 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year

© Andrew Forsyth Murmuration in the storm
© Andrew Forsyth Murmuration in the storm

Murmuration in the storm
FINALIST – Natural Design
Andrew Forsyth

Brighton-based photographer Andrew Forsyth will be available to talk about his stunning images of wildlife at the press launch of Wildlife Photographer of the Year in Brighton on Thursday.

Andrew was a runner-up in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards with this photo of starlings congregating over the beach at Brighton.

The second time he has been short-listed, Andrew has many years’ experience photographing wildlife and has travelled to Japan, India and Australia for his work. For many years he was Chief Photographer for the RSPCA.

Andrew filmed the seagull murmuration for over three months before catching the beautiful image. He said;” Many photographers have explored this subject, and so I challenged myself to find a new way to capture the spectacle.

“I started simply documenting the murmurations,’ explains Andrew, ‘moving on to setting them against cityscapes. And by February I was creating more expressive shots using hand-held, longer exposures.”

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 year’s 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour that allows them to be seen by millions of people across six continents.

The exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery forms part of a global tour.
Exhibition information for Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Dates and times: 2 May to 6 September 2015
Admission charges apply, concessions available.
Website: www.brightonmuseums.org.uk

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 & Art Gallery. You will be able to see the photographs and talk to curators Jody East and Lee Ismail about the works as well as Andrew Forsyth

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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