HOPE you’ve got a head for heights. If not, our brilliant main photograph of a young male orangutan climbing a tree in Borneo might make you a bit dizzy.
The photograph – ‘Entwined’ by Tim Laman – was the joint winner of the international Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition last year.
It is part of an exhibition of 100 of the best photographs from the competition that will be opening in the Treasure House in Beverley tomorrow as part of the East Riding of Yorkshire’s contribution to Hull UK City of Culture. The exhibition runs until April 22 – and promises to be one of the highlights of the Hull 2017 programme.
“Wildlife Photographer of the Year shows Mother Nature in all its glory, captured by some of the most talented photographers in the world,” says Martin Green, the Director of Hull 2017. “It’s fantastic to have this major international exhibition coming to Beverley.”
It certainly is. We only have room for a few of the photos here – so don’t put off your visit to Beverley for too long...
Entwined by Tim Laman, joint overall winner
Orangutans have excellent memories and make mental maps of the forest to find fruiting trees. In Tim's photo a young male climbs 30 metres up a fruiting strangler fig entwined around a tree in the Gunung Palung National Park in Borneo – one of the few protected strongholds left for the endangered ape. Dense rainforest such as this provides a rich habitat and is essential for their survival.
Nosy neighbour by Sam Hobson
Sam knew exactly who to expect when he set his camera on the wall one summer’s evening in a suburban street in Bristol, the UK’s famous fox city. He wanted to capture the inquisitive nature of the urban red fox in a way that would pique the curiosity of its human neighbours about the wildlife around them.
The Alley Cat by Nayan Khanolkar, winner of the Urban category
With growing human-leopard conflict grabbing the headlines, Nayan was determined to show things could be different. Positioning his camera trap in an alley in a suburb of Mumbai, India, so a passing cat would not dominate the frame, the wait began. After four months, he finally captured this unique human-leopard co-existence as this big cat weaves its way silently through the alley.
The remarkably versatile leopard is probably the most persecuted big cat in the world. But for the Warli people of this Mumbai suburb, their ghost-like neighbours deserve respect. The cats are an accepted part of their lives and culture, and are even depicted in the traditional paintings that decorate their homes.
Eviction attempt, by Ganesh H Shankar, winner of the Birds category
The parakeets were not impressed. They had returned to their nest in the Keoladeo National Park in India, to find a Bengal monitor lizard had settled in. The birds immediately set about trying to evict the squatter: biting and hanging off its tail.
Rose-ringed parakeets are intelligent birds that usually nest in small holes for better protection from predators. Monitor lizards are good climbers, particularly young ones, which seek safety in the trees. They scavenge for anything, from small invertebrates to frogs, birds and small mammals – as well as eggs.
Snapper Party by Tony Wu, winner of the Under Water category
Tony was surprised there weren’t many photos of the snapper mass spawning at the Shark City dive site at Palau – until he hit the water. The currents were strong and unrelenting and his first attempt failed. But by positioning himself so the action came to him, Tony captured this dynamic arc of spawning fish in the oblique morning light. Thousands of two-spot snappers gather to spawn each month around Palau. Tony was intrigued to see the usually red fish rapidly change colour during mating to a multitude of hues and patterns. Predators will soon arrive to take advantage of the bounty, but strong currents will drag a few lucky eggs into the open ocean.
Thistle-plucker by Isaac Aylward
Isaac composed this alpine-meadow tableau with the sea of soft purple knapweed behind, accentuating the clashing red of the linnet’s plumage. He was determined to keep pace with the linnet that he spotted while hiking in Bulgaria’s Rila Mountains, finally catching up with the tiny bird when it settled to feed on a thistle flowerhead. From the florets that were ripening, it pulled out the little seed parachutes one by one, deftly nipped off the seeds and discarded the feathery down.
- The 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition runs in the Treasure House, Beverley, from tomorrow until April 22. Entry free.
Staff at the Treasure House in Beverley have organised a range of fun family events, talks and captivating workshops to support the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. They include a free Really Really Wild Day on Saturday February 18 February from 10am to 3pm, described as a ‘fun day for all ages’ at the start of the school half term holiday. Other events include:
- Photography workshops with, and talks by, award-winning wildlife photographer Steve Race
- Award-winning wildlife photographer George Stoyle talking about photography in conservation and research
- Making Crazy Cardboard Critters, and homes for bugs
- The BigBuzz Family Photography Workshop with York’s Anneliese Emmans Dean.
Tickets for some events are free. Others cost between £5 and £10. A three-hour seabird photography workshop at Bempton Cliffs on Saturday, April 22 costs £30.
For more information about the exhibition or supporting events call 01482 392780 or visit museums.eastriding.gov.uk/treasure-house-and-beverley-art-gallery