A museum visitor checks out a photograph of a snow monkey by Dutch photographer Jasper Doest at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 exhibit now on display at the Royal BC Museum. The exhibit features images from around the world including one taken at Fairy Lake near Port Renfrew.

World’s best wildlife photography on display at Royal B.C. Museum

Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition on until April 2013

Living on Vancouver Island, it’s easy to pass by striking natural landscapes with no more than a fleeting glance.

Beauty weaves its way through the Island with such frequency that road trips through pockets of old-growth Douglas firs can almost seem mundane.

Yet one stroll through the Royal B.C. Museum’s 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, and that calloused appreciation turns ethereal.

“This is one of the finest photography exhibitions in the world,” said Tim Willis, the museum’s exhibitions director at the opening on Friday.

Now in its 48th year, the curation is a joint venture between the Natural History Museum in London, England, and BBC Worldwide.

Judges sift through 48,000 submissions from professional and amateur photographers, selecting the best 100 images for display.

“It’s really a big notch in your belt, because it’s been going for so long and it’s quite prestigious,” said B.C. resident Adam Gibbs, whose shot of a lonely Douglas fir, clinging to life in the middle of Fairy Lake, is part of this year’s exhibition. “It’s actually just off the side of the road near Port Renfrew,” he said.

A former rockclimbing instructor, Gibbs, 48, took up photography as an excuse to get out in nature. “Hiking in alpine areas or on the coast, I get way more fun out of that then actually taking pictures,” he said.

The overall winner went to Nanoose Bay resident Paul Nicklen, who lowered himself into an ice hole in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, and snapped a sunlit mass of emperor penguins charging out of the water, as featured in National Geographic’s November 2012 issue.

The photograph topped submissions from 98 countries in 19 categories. Nicklen was also featured in August 2011 National Geographic for his stunning photos of the Kermode bear in the northern B.C. rainforest.

Willis said the museum is particularly proud of being the first to host the exhibition outside of London.

“We were so surprised by the public reaction to this exhibition last year,” he said.

“It’s both a testament to the quality of the presentation, but it’s also the power of these images. Some of them are very beautiful and some are just fascinating.”

The exhibition runs until April 1. For more information, visit royalbcmuseum.bc.ca.

dpalmer@vicnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Fate of accused in Saanich couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

Brentwood Bay fruit stand plundered on first day of season

Leeanne and Jack Guthrie dismayed to find money and fruit stolen from roadside stand

Victoria woman accesses healing Burn Fund resources 45 years after injury

Stasi Manser was burned when she was five years old and now works as an adult burn survivor advocate

Island Health issues safer drug-use tips ahead of music festival season

Health authority aims to reduce overdose risks at festivals

VIDEO: Killer whale steals fisherman’s catch off North Coast

Fishing duel results in eager orca snagging salmon in Prince Rupert

POLL: Do you think the penalty should be increased for tossing a burning cigarette from a vehicle?

With grasslands and forests around Vancouver Island and across B.C. reaching tinder… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

PHOTOS: North Island home gutted in fire deemed ‘suspicious’

No injuries reported; firefighters prevented blaze from spreading

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

Vancouver Island woman assaulted after confronting thief

RCMP warn residents to call for police assistance

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Most Read