Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012
dvIziko South African Museum
4 December 2012 – 5 March 2013
In what has become an annual event on the calendars of both nature lovers and photographers, the most prestigious wildlife photography exhibition in the world is once again headed to South Africa this year.
Licensed in the country by NHU Africa, in partnership with the Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko), the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 exhibition will feature 100 of the world’s most amazing wildlife photographs taken by 77 top photographers. The images present to the public nature in startling clarity from seldom before seen perspectives. The exhibition and annual event is co-owned by the Natural History Museum of London and BBC Worldwide, and is a carefully chosen distillation of tens of thousands of photographic entries from around the world.
There are many categories in the exhibition, including overall winners – the Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Veolia Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards. Other highly regarded categories are the Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Species and the Wildlife Photojournalist Award, which were both won by South African’s this year.
The Gerald Durrell award for Endangered Species was won by Kim Wolhuter, for his image of an African Wild dog puppy entitled Dog Days. Kim has been filming African wild dogs in Zimbabwe for the last several years, and his image of a lone puppy on a dried up salt plain captures perfectly the situation these animals are now in, being seriously endangered by the loss of their territories, poaching and disease.
Brent Stirton also featured in the top ranks as the runner-up for the Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year Award. Stirton tells the story of rhino poaching in South Africa through 6 images, showing from start to finish the process of poaching rhinos for horn sold on Asian markets. The collection, called Deadly Medicine is an important addition to the topic of rhino poaching in African conservation today.
The overall winning images work to subtly redefine how we see the natural world, giving us insights into places the human eye has often never gazed. As well as this we are seeing technical advancements in equipment and creative approaches to seeking out new these perspectives that make up a collection of images that must simply be called exceptional.
This year is the fifth consecutive year that Iziko and NHU Africa have partnered to bring the exhibition to the Iziko South African Museum, located in the Company’s Gardens in Cape Town.
“The Iziko South African Museum is one of the oldest museums in the southern hemisphere and it is best placed to host such an exhibition. The exhibition enhances the temporary exhibitions programme at Iziko and year after year, it has attracted visitors from different walks of life,” says Rooksana Omar, CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will be showcased from 4 December 2012 – 5 March 2013 at the Iziko South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town (next to the Planetarium). Opening hours are 10h00 – 17h00, seven days a week. Entrance fee is R30 per adult, R20 for students and pensioners, and access for under-18s is free.
ABOUT Iziko Museums of South Africa
Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium, the Social History Centre and 3 collection specific libraries in Cape Town. The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections which reflect our diverse African heritage. Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation which brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure. The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, as well as unlimited free access to individuals aged 18 and under (excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium).