The Big Thing in December | Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to M Shed

© Ralf Schneider - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

This year’s exhibition exploring themes of environmental crisis is now open

From vivid landscapes and moving animal portraits, to extraordinary species and endangered habitats – M Shed on Wapping Wharf is now revealing 100 new images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019 showcase. 

Head down to M Shed to see this wonderful exhibit of life on earth and encounter the surprising – and often challenging – stories behind the images during this time of environmental crisis.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum in London and sponsored at M Shed by Bristol Energy, National Friendly and Pukka Herbs.

Councillor Craig Cheney, deputy mayor of Bristol, said: “At a time when climate change, wildlife extinction and plastic pollution are major global concerns, Wildlife Photographer of the Year has never been more relevant. I’m sure its popularity in Bristol is a reflection of the city’s values and ambitions. I would like to thank our exhibition sponsors Bristol Energy, National Friendly and Pukka Herbs for their generous support.”

The competition began life 55 years ago with David Attenborough presenting the first winner with his award – it received 361 entries that first year. Today the competition receives 48,000 entries from 100 different countries. Winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence.  

Chair of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year jury, Rosamund Kidman Cox, said: “What all the memorable pictures in this exhibition share is the ability to evoke an emotional reaction. Some may shock and others sadden, but as a whole they will leave you marvelling at the extraordinary, wondrous nature of life.”

A range of events will accompany the exhibition, including an after-hours free viewing on Tuesday 3 December with mulled wine, and exclusive offers in the M Shed shop during the festive season.

M Shed will also display Ghostnet Dress by Linda Thomas. The piece is made from old fishing gear – nets, lines, pots and hooks – discarded in the sea or on beaches. Thomas’s work aims to raise awareness of the damage that old fishing net – ‘ghostnet’ – can do. Internationally, 640,000 tonnes of ghostnet is lost each year and regularly kills seals, dolphins, whales and other wildlife by trapping them.

Tickets: £5–6 | under 16s free. Ticket price includes a £1 voluntary donation to Bristol Museums Development Trust (BMDT). Students and 16–25-year-olds go free on Wednesdays. Tickets are on sale now and available at M Shed and www.bristolmuseums.org.uk.

© Ralf Schneider – Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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