Major Exhibition offers chance to see Wildlife at Gallery

10 June 2011

Aberdeen Art Gallery is set to go wild with the opening of its major summer exhibition: Wildlife Photographer of the Year, this weekend [Saturday 11 June].

This is the only Scottish showing of the exhibition which is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine and is a showcase for world-class photography, highlighting wildlife conservation and inspiring a love for nature.

From spectacular, sweeping landscapes to intimate portraits of animal behaviour, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition offers an unequalled insight into the beauty, drama and diversity of the natural world.

Every year thousands of entries are received at the National History Museum and judged by an expert panel, the winners of which make up the exhibition. Professional and amateur nature photographers worldwide aspire to win this competition and achieving the perfect picture is down to knowledge of nature, camera literacy, creativity, patience and passion.

This summer exhibition will be accompanied by an exciting programme - Go Wild at the Gallery - featuring talks, events and art activities for a wide range of ages which is supported by Vibrant Aberdeen. To find out more pick up a Go Wild leaflet at the gallery or visit www.aagm.co.uk Leaflets are also available from the usual outlets across the city.

Deirdre Grant, Head of Public Programmes, Museums & Galleries, Aberdeen City Council, said: "We are delighted to be working with the Natural History Museum, London for the first time to bring this exciting exhibition to Aberdeen for its only Scottish showing.

"This is an opportunity to see the very best of wildlife photography in the world and it is sure to capture the imagination of all ages.

"A fabulous series of Go Wild weekends will explore nature and the environment with a chance for visitors to see live birds and insects at close quarters."

"The gallery has also teamed up with the University of Aberdeen to present Discovery Gallery, a fascinating series of 4 lectures that will examine a variety of wildlife topics."

The exhibition is open until Sunday 20 August 2011.