Every year I make an effort to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum in Knightsbridge, London.
It showcases some of the best photographs of animals complete with the story behind the picture and, for the gearheads, all the metadata you can eat. Some years are better than others, but this year the focus was back on the animals and I think the lineup was really strong.
I got a bit of extra insight this year by attending a preview event the night before the opening. We were treated to presentations by four of the featured photographers, then taken to the gallery where more photographers were standing with their pictures, happy to talk to anybody about their shots. It was a really nice way to see the exhibition and learn about the lives of these photographers and the lengths they will go to for an original angle or perspective.
It’s open to anybody – just keep an eye out next year and buy a ticket. This year’s exhibition runs till March 23, 2013. I recommend going at night, when the museum is at its best. I think they offer night viewings once a month.
The layout has also been improved this year, which keeps (most) people moving in the same direction for once.