Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Held annually, the competition aims to find the most stunning and original wildlife pictures taken by photographers worldwide of all ages. The Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition is an international showcase for the very best photography featuring natural subjects. The competition is owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth – the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine. Being placed in this competition is something that wildlife photographers, worldwide, aspire to. Achieving the perfect picture is down to a mixture of skill, vision, originality, knowledge of nature and luck. Each year thousands of entries are received and judged by a specially selected expert panel. The winners are announced at an awards ceremony that takes place each October at the Natural History Museum, London. Winning entries from the 2006 competition can be seen at the Natural History Museum … Read more

Appetite for Abstract Nature

Abstract nature art is now generally understood to mean art that does not depict objects in the natural world, but instead uses colour and form in a non-representational way. Abstraction is based on sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking. But its a missconcept to believe that nature can not offer abstractions without human touch. The easiest way of understanding is by following this example: Look at a tree in a way you usually do and your first thought will probably be the so called “lonely tree” theme for your shoot. But then look again at the details of the tree: the patterns of the leaves, the texture of the tree stamp, sometimes the shape of the roots. Once you look only at the picture of such parts of a tree, you begin to understand what an interesting network of colours and shapes you got. Eye caching, is it not? Other nature … Read more

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