Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

Wildlife Photographer of the yearYou’ve probably seen that the winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 were announced last week, I congratulate all the winners on their wonderful images. The overall winner, Essence of elephants by Greg du Toit is pictured below but what I’ve been most impressed by is the celebration of the oceans that seems to be going on across the exhibition, not only limited to the underwater category. I’m especially pleased by all the familiar names of friends & acquaintances, congratulations guys! I wrote to the NHM press department and they’ve let me use these images in this ocean special review of the exhibition. I haven’t seen the photos in person yet but as always I look forward to seeing the full exhibition before it closes early next year. Click on each of the images in this post to read the full captions associated with them.

Overall Winner & Winner of Animal Portraits:

Essence of elephants - (Greg du Toit / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

Essence of elephants – (Greg du Toit / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

WINNER of Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 by 14-year old Udayan Rao Pawar:

Mother's little headful - (Udayan Rao Pawar / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

Mother’s little headful – (Udayan Rao Pawar / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

WINNER: The World in Our Hands Award:

The fish trap - (Mike Veitch / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

The fish trap – (Mike Veitch / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

WINNER: Behaviour: Cold-Blooded Animals:

Dive Buddy - (Luis Javier Sandoval / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

Dive Buddy – (Luis Javier Sandoval / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

RUNNER-UP: Behaviour: Cold-Blooded Animals:

Confusing beauty - (Julian Cohen / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

Confusing beauty – (Julian Cohen / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

WINNER: Underwater Worlds

Feast of the ancient mariner - (Brian Skerry / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

Feast of the ancient mariner – (Brian Skerry / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

RUNNER-UP: Underwater Worlds

Lionfish bait - (Alex Tattersall / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

Lionfish bait – (Alex Tattersall / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

I loved all of the underwater world category

COMMENDED: Nature in Black and White

giant with sunbeams - (Alexander Mustard / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

giant with sunbeams – (Alexander Mustard / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

WINNER: Animals in their Environment:

The water bear - (Paul Sounders / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

The water bear – (Paul Sounders / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

I also liked this image – though not underwater, its often one of my fav categories…
WINNER: Wildscapes

The Cauldron - (Sergey Gorshkov / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

The Cauldron – (Sergey Gorshkov / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

I hope you enjoyed this watery highlight of the WPOTY Exhibition, do go and see it if you’re in London. You can see a selection of the other images at the NHM online galleries here. And congratulations again everyone – I know some of you read this blog 🙂

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. The original photographers hold the copyright to these images. Permission granted for their use in this article by Natural History Museum.

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Open House London: City Hall

The weekend before last, much of London opened its doors to the public for the yearly open house. We only got around to seeing City Hall – but what a place!

After going through airport style scanners (no penknives etc) you are herded to the lifts up to see the amazing views of London from the viewing balcony which spans the whole way around the top floor.

On the way back down you can take the spiral (helical) staircase around & around all the way down to the great auditorium area. I very much enjoyed taking photos on the way down (don’t forget to look up). You need a super-wide-angle lens for this though! Here are some of my photos from the day.

We were even on London Bridge when it opened for a passing tall ship, which I’ve never seen despite living in London all my life.

I put all my random London photos here in my London Gallery. I hope to get around a bit more at next years open house london but I hope you enjoyed my take on City Hall 🙂

Colour of the Year 2013: Emerald

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“Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty
that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

Every year Pantone chooses its colour of the year. This year as you may already know it is Emerald. This year I’m not exactly hot off the press and I’m not the only one who uses this as an excuse to look through my photos to see what might match, see this years post from Mark Graf and Behance from earlier this month.

For those that are landlocked green is the colour of nature (for me its blue but we have to make allowances here). Emerald Green was one of my mothers favourite colours so this is a tribute post to her. I’ve tried to choose photos from my archive that I feel best show the vibrant and lively side of Emerald green….

I hope you enjoyed this green post. I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and if I don’t post again before then have a happy new year!