Journalism students from BHASVIC (Brighton and Hove Sixth Form College) visited the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition this summer.
Here is a selection of their thoughts from reviews they wrote about the exhibition.
“In retrospect, this exhibit left me with two polar opposite emotions: a deep appreciation for the beauty of wildlife, and the harsh reality of today’s animal trade.”
“Through the dinky café at the top of the Victorian stairs are a set of double doors. Inside is some of the most spectacular photography I have ever seen, a reminder that beauty is natural and not in a bottle marked “Maybelline.”
“Each piece of art sets a precedent for the next, and each piece after fulfilling that. These moments of wonder now caught forever giving an order, almost, to the chaos we live among. From food chains caught in their proceedings to eccentric weather – each still photograph of life can bring happiness just from knowing this was taken on the planet we live on.”
“After visiting the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery I was inspired. The beautiful photographs captured the natural beautiful of wildlife, as well as its cruel reality within our society today. I have always felt passionately that animals should live freely without fear or being hunted or captured and detained.”
“The first picture that is instantly striking is that of a young cheetah, pictured in a complete state of relaxation as it hides within the long grass of the South African outback. The intimacy of the image is truly something to behold due to the rarity of such an photo being captured, as cheetah’s are far more renown for hunting down their pray than lying dormant on the ground.
“Such an image, one would assume, must surely have been captured by an experienced photographer that has devoted their existence to capturing such a wonderful photo. However this image was taken by an eight-year-old, Leon Petrinos, who was on a safari from Greece. This adds far more beauty to the picture as it is fascinating how a boy so young was able to capture such an image.”
“Overall, it was a nice trip, and I saw some really interesting, enlightening, and genuinely baffling photography. I would, without doubt, recommend anyone to go and check it out if they are interested.”
“I must confess I am rarely present in museums, particularly where art is concerned. But it didn’t take very long for me to become engrossed in the beauty of such stunning photography, becoming particularly hung up on the idea that there is a story behind every picture.”
“It is this desperate plea to save our environment that is most pertinent after viewing the exhibition. The photographs raise a plethora of issues facing the wildlife they capture, from hunting, to deforestation, to rapid urbanisation. Yet, what is most prevalent across the pictures is the sheer beauty and wonder of our planet, encapsulated in these unbelievable photos of breath-taking waterfalls; lush green rainforests, and hundreds upon hundreds of different yet equally remarkable animal species.”
“It is an experience to see nature captured in its rawest and most beautiful form.”