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October 28, 2009

A Perfect Storm....

Posted by vanessab77 Oct 28, 2009

.... was how the Museum was described to me on Sunday morning by a front of house colleague. He wasn't exaggerating! It was one of the busiest days I have seen in ages, the culmination of half term and the opening of the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year. It was also suggested that the extra hour of sleep marking the end of Daylight Savings motivated parents to get their kids out of the house.


Nature Live was a humbling experience this weekend, featuring seven of the photographers featured in the exhibition. The exhibition seems to get better every year and hearing about the time and effort that went into each picture, I can see why.


The photographers spoke of the thousands of photos taken, miles walked and hours waiting to get that one perfect photo. One compared having his photo win in his category as "on a par with winning an Oscar".


It was such an honour to meet the winners and hear the audible gasps from the audience as they showed images from their portfolios, collected in wild places around the planet.


This photo, "Bald eagle and blackbird" won the Behaviour: Birds category. Taken by Rob Palmer from the USA, the photo helped lead to the discovery that the birds had eaten a poison that disabled their usually excellent defense mechanisms, leaving them as easy prey for eagles such as this one.