Bristol Museums - Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibit

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year uses photography to challenge perceptions about the natural world, helping to promote sustainability and the conservation of wildlife.
The exhibition celebrates biodiversity, evolution and the origins of life, and aims to inspire a greater understanding of nature.
The exhibition is comprised of 100 images, arranged into a number of categories. There are two Wildlife Photojournalist awards, one comprising of a single image and text, and another is comprised of six pictures with accompanying text description. This section of the exhibition includes pictures which are challenging, uplifting, provocative or revelatory and illustrate how our attitudes, decisions and actions impact the natural world.
In the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition for example, conservation photojournalist Paul Hilton’s photograph documents the desperate story of the pangolin, the world's most trafficked mammal, whose populations have declined by up to 80% in just a decade.
The image in the exhibition shows about 4,000 dead, frozen pangolins that were seized by Indonesian police. Paul says, 'I've been following the pangolin trade for over three years. There have been several occasions when I've mentioned my work and people hadn't even known what a pangolin is.
'They are on the brink of extinction, and lots of people still don't seem to know what they are. This is why I'm doing this - the pangolins need our support. People need to know what's going on.
'Photography is the tool to use because it transcends language and gets this conservation message across regardless of country or nationality.'
Every year the exhibition will focus on a number of conservation stories. For more information on the exhibition, please refer to their website:
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-52.html
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