Art Preview: Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016
Only place in Scotland to see the best wildlife photography of the past year
Dr Nick Fraser, keeper of natural sciences at the National Museum of Scotland, is pleased to see the Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition return to the museum in 2016. 'Particularly as it's this year's only Scottish venue,' he says. 'The exhibition was launched in 1965 and attracted 361 entries; today it receives almost 50,000 entries from 95 different countries, which highlights its enduring appeal. The exhibition itself features 100 photographs capturing a diverse collection of scenes, from rarely observed animal behaviour to stunning wild landscapes.'
He points to a couple of images as strong examples of what can be seen. One is the winner in the 15–17 years category, an image of scarlet ibis in flight over Brazil's Ilha de Lencois by young French photographer Jonathan Jagot, showing the birds over sand and out of their usual wetlands habitat; the other, 'A tale of two foxes' by Canadian doctor Don Gutowski, winner of the mammals category, which shows a red fox in a deathly embrace with the arctic fox it appears to have just killed. It's a fearsome image, more so when the viewer comes to understand that only global warming has allowed the two creatures' habitats to collide in recent years.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2016, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Fri 16 Sep–Sun 19 Feb.