Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition to return to Kendal Museum

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition to return to Kendal Museum

Jordi Chias’ Turtle gem is one of the commended images to showcase in the 2012 exhibition.

After an absence of several years, The Veolia Environnment Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition is to return to Kendal Museum this Autumn, featuring entries from the fantastic 2011 competition. Opening on the 22 September and running until the 17 November, the series of stunning photographs will be exhibited across several of the museum’s galleries, in what has been described as one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind.

Every year, tens of thousands of entries are received and the competition attracts entries from amateur and professional wildlife photographers across the world, making the exhibition an international showcase for some of the very best in nature photography. The competition is owned by two national institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing diversity on earth: The Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.

Morag Clement, Curator of Kendal Museum said: “We are extremely excited to see the return of this fabulous exhibition to Kendal Museum and it has always been extremely popular with photography buffs and, indeed, anyone that is interested in seeing some of the most exceptional wildlife photography in the world.”

In recognition of the importance of this special exhibition, Kendal Museum will be open six days a week for its duration; from Tuesdays to Sundays 10.30am to 5.00pm (with last entry at 4.30pm). There will be a set admission charge to the museum during the exhibition of £3.00 for all adults including seniors, although entry will remain free children, under 18s and students with valid student cards. A selection of gift shop branded items will be on sale in conjunction with exhibition.

About the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition

Now in its 46th year, Veolia Environnment Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the international leader in innovative visual representation of the natural world. This prestigious competition and resulting exhibition stimulates engagement with the diversity and beauty of the natural world and thrills audiences around the globe. The large selection of photographs on display are from a variety of categories including the behaviour of mammals, birds, underwater worlds, botanical and wildscapes. There is also a 17 years and under category divided into three age groups showing the talent from the next generation of photographers. The photographs were judged by an international panel of photographers, journalists and editors.

About Kendal Museum

The Kendal Museum collection was founded in 1796 by William Todhunter making it one of the oldest collections in the country. The museum is now housed in a former wool warehouse and has been in its present site since 1918. The collections have been added to and changed since that time and they comprise of Archaeology, Social History, Natural History and Geology of the South Lakeland area. We also have collections of Egyptology and worldwide Natural History.

There are 3 public galleries and a temporary exhibition gallery where the museum has a changing temporary exhibition programme.

Kendal Museum will be open six days a week during the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition. Opening hours are 10.30 – 17.00, last entry at 16.30. We run a varied programme of exhibitions and events which include evening courses, lectures and children’s activities – See our website www.kendalmuseum.org.uk for details or visit our Facebook page, Facebook/kendalmuseum or twitter/kendalmuseum.