A group of journalism students from Brighton and Hove Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) visited the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition this year.
Reporter Isabelle Jones interviewed some of the people visiting the exhibition about their favourite image.
The ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ exhibition, on loan from The Natural History Museum, is now in its fiftieth year showing 100 awe-inspiring photographs of the natural world. The exhibition is currently showing at The Brighton Museum up until 6th September 2015. Under 18’s are welcome to view the exhibition for free and adults at a small fare.
Breathtaking views and landscapes, a range of different cultures, organisms and the Earth is captured throughout the exhibition; opening up our eyes to the amazing world we live in. Each image appears to resemble a non-fictional world or issue, enabling the audience to see and feel the impact of the Earth which we aren’t able to see from our bedroom window.
Jane Hornby, from Brighton, said ‘I wanted to come and see this exhibition because I love wildlife documentaries and animals. I visit The Brighton Museum regularly; however this has far been my favourite exhibition. I love the way the photographers capture exactly what I imaged each scenario in context would look like. It made me realise how little I appreciate our world on a daily basis.’
‘My favourite photograph from this exhibition was Sergia Pucci – The Great Arrival, as it captures the post birth of turtles and nature and reproduction at its finest. Especially as many turtles are endangered, it’s amazing to see hundreds of babies fleeing into the sea. This photo is a real eye opener. I’ll definitely look into sponsoring endangered animals like turtles.’
The Great Arrival is photographed in Costa Rica, picturing Olive Ridley turtles. Hundreds of thousands of turtles gather off-shore to lay their eggs in a mass nesting which is often triggered by winds and lunar cycles. This image opens up eyes to witness the beauty of reproduction of endangered animals which we could help save.
In relation to The Great Arrival, a correlation is noticeable to everyday life. The baby turtles making that long, first journey of their lives to reach their personal destination of the ocean, relates to our personal goals of finally getting to where we want to be in life; whether that personal ambition is a career, a family or happiness, the image could be perceived as a metaphor for us as individuals and our ambitions.
Ruby Gislingham, 18, Brighton, said ‘My favourite photo was Dolphin Downtime because I appreciate wildlife and I feel like this captures what their freedom should look like.’ She added, ‘I genuinely really enjoyed the exhibition.’