Pic: Cherry Alexander/NHM
The Natural History Museum’s new book is a real treat. Entitled ’50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year’, it features the most memorable pictures from 50 years of the prestigious competition, including this beautiful photo taken by Cherry Alexander of Antartica.
The book celebrates the art of wildlife photography by charting its development from the first hand-held cameras and the colour film revolution of the 1960s, to the increasingly sophisticated photographs of wild animals and unexplored places taken today.
One hundred prize-winning images from the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 contest are now on show at London’s Natural History Museum and this spectacular exhibition is well worth a visit.
Paul Nicklen won the overall prize with a fantastic photo of penguins (above) about to blast through a whole in the ice. The Canadian waited motionless on the edge of Antarctica’s Ross Sea for a colony of emperor penguins to emerge.
UK teenager Nick Hearn took the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award with Flight Paths (below), a fantastic picture of a red kite mirrored by a distant plane, captured at his grandparents’ farm.
Other favourites include a photo of a lone polar bear staring out from a drifting sheet of ice, taken by Norway’s Ole Jørgen Liodden, which won him the Animals in the Environment Award. Now in its 48th year, the competition attracted more than 48,000 entries from 98 countries.