A blog by a young birder, birdwatcher, twitcher, naturalist, environmentalist & writer about birds, wildlife, nature, conservation & ringing (banding) who is an Ambassador for Survival International and a Charter Champion for The Charter for Woods, Trees and People
Sunday, 6 December 2015
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
On Tuesday 1st
December 2015, I attended the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition
Private preview at M Shed Bristol. Our
lovely birding friend, Andy Pym, arranged the tickets for us.
I know I say
it a lot, but I am so lucky to live in Bristol,
where things like this are held.
Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig Photograph taken by and copyright Helena Craig
M Shed is a
huge museum on the waterfront and the exhibition was still packed with local
people involved in nature, conservation and the media as well as sponsors. It was lovely to talk to Matt Collis from the
Avon Wildlife Trust, Maddy Bartlett from Bristol Nature Network, Ben Hoare from
BBC Wildlife Magazine and Sam Hobson a great photographer, as well as lots of
I also got
to meet Mark Carwardine, one of the main judges, who also lives in Bristol. I saw Mark give a talk earlier in the year
and it was great finally meeting him.
After a few minutes of chatting, it turned out that Mark had just
returned from Antarctica and had chartered the
ship we were going to be travelling on, the Vavilov. That seemed a huge co-incidence! Chatting to him, Mark asked me how many blog
posts I had published and I had said about 225 in 18 months as a guess and he
had said that was great, as it was one every two days. So when I got home and checked, intrigued, I
had actually published 240 posts in just 2016.
exhibition itself was absolutely fantastic, as always. I don’t want to give spoiler to anyone going. However, in particular, I loved the black and
white photos, the diverse earth ones, and the ones of animals having negative interacting
with humans. In the last section, I felt
really sad looking at one of an elephant chained up and one with ligers (hybrid
of a lion and tiger), tigers and lions with standing on podiums, drugged and
with their teeth and claws pulled out.
It was terrible and I’m sure will continue to haunt me. I also liked all the photographs from under
18’s, especially the ones from photographers under 10, which were awesome.
About the Writer
Young Birder Birdgirl Mya-Rose Craig on Scilly
Photograph taken by and copyright Chris Craig
Mya-Rose Craig is a 13 year old young birder, naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist, writer and speaker. She is based near Bristol and writes the successful Birdgirl Blog, with posts about birding and conservation from around the world. She loved seeing Mountain Gorillas in East Africa and is looking forward to watching Penguins in Antarctica in December 2015, which will be her 7th continent.