Wildlife photographer of the year

 100 prizewinning photos

The 49th edition of the prestigious photography contest launched by London’s Natural History Museum and the BBC Wildlife Magazine will exhibit the one hundred best pictures in Milan’s Minguzzi Museum until 26 October.

This edition of the contest attracted 43,000 amateur and professional photographers from 96 countries, whose work was judged by a jury of international experts looking for creativity, artistic value and technical complexity.

The exhibit shows winners and runners-up in the competition’s 18 categories, including the top prize for Wildlife Photographer of the Year, won this year by South African Greg du Toit’s show “Essence of Elephants”, a mysterious and energy-filled portrait of the Africal elephant shot in Botswana’s Northern Tuli Game Reserve. The junior category for 11-14 year olds was won by Udayan Rao Pawar with a shot called “Mother’s little headful” of gharial crocodiles on the banks of the Chambal river in central India.

Categories in the competition include portraits of animals, botanic realms, animal behaviour: birds, animal behaviour: mammals, animal behaviour: cold-blooded animals, Nature in black and white, Nature in the city, unspoiled landscapes, the undersea world, creative visions, and animals in their habitat.

Each shot in the exhibit is accompanied by full technical details and a note by the author describing his or her history and emotions during the shoot. Two workshops by professonal wildlife photographer Marco Urso will explain the tricks and techniques of the work: a beginners’ course on Saturday 10 October, and an advanced course on Saturday 25 October – further information at the exhibit or by phone on 02 36565440.

Other talks during the exhibition will include “An evening with Sea Shepherd – saving the oceans” on Friday 3 October, “My wildlife – nature photos on four continents” with Marco Urso on Fiday 26 September, “Wild encounters – nature stories” with Alessandro Bee on Saturday 4 October, and “Stories of wolves, roebucks and camouflaged photographers” with Marco Colombo on Friday 24 October. The exhibit is open every day from 10.00 to 19.00, and on Thursdays up to 22.00.

Photos by Marco Urso

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Wildlife photographer of the year

Museo Minguzzi, Via Palermo 11

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