Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year – review

Paul Nicklen / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Last Friday we made our annual pilgrimage to the Natural History Museum to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. We have a tradition to go to one of the great “late events” to see the exhibition and enjoy a nice glass of wine after work on a friday every year. This year we saw the exhibition a little earlier than usual which might explain why it was so busy. The evening had completely sold out. I prefer to see it when its slightly less busy but that didnt make the photographs any less spectacular, just harder to get to.

Please click on the images in this post to show more information about each, these are copyright the artists and Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 so please don’t reuse without their permission.

Paul Nicklen / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

In previous years I’ve often been disappointed with the underwater section, with maybe one of two outstanding images but the rest – and often the winners – being somehow less good than I know the images out there by some underwater photographers to be. However, not the case this year. The excellent Paul Nicklen took overall winner of the whole shebang and well deserved it was too. I’ve long been a fan (if you dont have his book on polar bears, you should hot foot it over to amazon now). I couldn’t quite make up my mind whether I liked the winner (with the many penguins, shown above at the top of the post) or the runner up in the underwater category (with the single penguin streaming to the surface – not shown here) better, but they were both amazing. He also took winner for the birds behaviour category with these cute little penguins springing into view (above).

And a huge well done to all the other underwater photographers who made the list for making the show for me! 🙂 This one by Claudio Gazzaroli was specially commended and taken in the Grand Cayman sandbar which I know well, although I’ve never been there at evening time.

Claudio Gazzaroli / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

I was also very pleased to see more and more underwater photographs creeping into the other categories. This photo by Luciano Candisani won the Behaviour: Cold-Blooded Animals category.

Luciano Candisani / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Also in that category was a close up of a jawfish brooding his eggs in his mouth by Steven Kovacs.

As usual for this competition there was a strong sustainability theme (although not as strong as last years). These photographs from the special award category “The world in ours hands” show the seedier side of humanity and our impact on the natural world and are quite upsetting ….

Huang-Ju Chen / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Paul Hilton / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Hopefully photographs such as those will raise even more awareness about the horrors of captive dolphin shows and perhaps even bring and end to sharks-fin soup – before we bring an end to sharks for good.

There seemed to be a lot of polar bears in the show (although none from Paul Nicklen that I saw). This one by Anna Henly won the “The world in ours hands” category.

Anna Henly / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

I also enjoyed the Animal portraits category – this is often the best in the show. I liked the winning crocodile well enough but this little guy made me laugh so I had to feature him here (as runner up). It seems that I’m not the only one to think so too as he seemed to be the face of the exhibition:

John E Marriott / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

And last but not least, the landscape section blew me away again this year…

Vladimir Medvedev / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Thilo Bubek / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

I hope you enjoyed my little review. Thanks to the guys who gave me access to the press pack to use these amazing images with permission. You can see an online preview of the show here, but I strongly urge you to get down there and visit the exhibition in person.

[Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and
BBC Worldwide]

Color of the Year 2010 Turquoise

As you may know I’m a big fan of Mark Graf’s blog:  “Graf Nature Photography | Notes from the woods” .

Every year he does a Pantone Colour Of The Year post (I loved his Mimosa post last year). Well this year the colour is turquoise. A colour dear to my heart as an underwater photographer. Check out his post here. We all need a bit of tropical cheer in this snowy weather so here is a few turquoise images from me 🙂

Booklist – Within the frame

At the moment I’m reading David duChemin’s book Within the frame and enjoying it very much. Great images and a great message, a very inspiration book. I havent finished reading it yet so here’s a short review by Jordan Nielsen

Inspiration (almost) Monday – Gid Ferrer

Talk about inspiration, this guy made me spend money on new kit to try out! I always thought that infrared photos were kind of cool and kooky (kind of like fisheye lenses on land) but you had to have a special film on your chip or something. Now I find out that you can get a filter for the front of your lenses and the whole technique is blown wide open. To top it all off it turns out in the right hands IR images can be magical not just kooky. Please do check out this mans Flickr account as there are many beautify images…

All these images are copyright Gid Ferrer:

Flickr photostream:

PhotoFriday – ‘Rough’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Rough’

Click image to go to see alternate sizes.
Click here to see the rest of my ‘Venice’

These little fishes got such a rough deal! Since becoming an
underwater photographer I’m not longer able to eat fish without thinking
murderer! Totally hypocritical on my part since I’m not remotely vegetarian and
if calamari looks like onion rings I’m still tempted.

See all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own)
for ‘Rough’ here.