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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition opens at the Manx Museum 8 November 2006

Yawing Fox by Bence Mate
Yawing Fox by Bence Mate
Nature lovers are in for a visual treat in the damp, dark days of winter. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition is back on the Island and is on free public display at the Manx Museum over the Christmas period. The exhibition starts on Saturday 11th November and runs through until Saturday 13th January.

Eighty-six stunning photographs from around the world are brought together as a result of the 2005 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition owned by the ‘BBC Wildlife Magazine’ and the Natural History Museum. For the fourth time, Manx National Heritage is host to the exhibition, which is currently touring five continents and is drawn from the winning and commended photographs of the year’s competition.

From its beginning in 1964, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition has grown to become the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the world, attracting nearly 17,000 entries from over 55 countries in 2005. There are 14 adult and 3 junior categories, with awards for the Overall Winner and Junior Overall Winner.

In 2005, the coveted Wildlife Photographer of the Year award went to Manuel Presti of Italy, for his image ‘Sky Chase’, in which a flock of starlings is trying to escape a peregrine falcon.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition judge Mark Cawardine commented:

“Sky Chase is a powerful image and, like it or not, it’s one that you will never forget”.

The Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year for 2005 is ten year old Jesse Ritonen of Finland, whose ‘Inquisitive Jay’ looks straight into the camera from a snowy pine branch.

Kate Hawkins, Curator of Natural History at Manx National Heritage said:

“We are pleased to be able to show this popular exhibition once again, which appeals to adults and children alike. There are some amazing images, reflecting not just the technological skill of the modern wildlife photographer, but also the patience and artistic aptitude that it takes to capture that special moment”.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year opens at the Manx Museum on Saturday 11th November 2006, until Saturday 13th January 2007.

The Manx Museum is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, with the exceptions of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day and is part of the award-winning Story of Mann.

Image caption: “Yawning Fox by Bence Mate - The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition organised by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine.”

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