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The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit starts on 22nd November, 2014, Saturday, at Royal Ontario Museum. The exhibit makes its debut in Canada at the Royal Ontario Museum where it would be on showcase till 22nd March, 2015. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious wildlife photography competition of its kind and it displays the most astonishing images of the natural world.
Now in its 50th year, the contest attracts entries from across the world from both pro and amateur photographers. The winning entries are featured in the exhibit and it is selected by an international judges panel depending on artistry, technical complexity and creativity. The winning Canadian entries, this year, from photographers Jess Findlay and Nick Hawkins, feature snaps from Earth’s Diversity, Birds category.
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year is on showcase in the Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall, the place where the snaps are installed with light boxes making a dramatic view of natural world. The exhibit adds family friendly features like interactive games, hands-on activities, nature facts, fun wildlife and more.
The Royal Ontario Museum’s director and chief executive officer Janet Carding told that Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a great scope for visitors of all ages to experience the power and beauty of wildlife and nature. We expect that the exhibition, as well as interactive learning experiences inspire Wildlife Photographer of the Year visitors to learn more about the natural world and conservation.
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Eddie Hanson has always seen the world with the eyes of a photographer, since his dad presented him his very first camera around sixty years ago – it was a Burke & James 2 ¼ × 3 ¼ – as well as twenty seconds of instructions on how to use it.
He was eleven year old that time. Hanson ran down to Social Street’s Yvonne’s camera shop where the kind man who used to sit behind the counter showed him how to insert the film as well as adjust the lens settings.
Hanson told that after that he went over to old St. James Hotel and began taking snaps from the veranda, and he fell in love with it. Having that camera in his hand felt very natural, like he had always done it.
He has studied the various parts of the camera and also read as much as he could regarding photography, knowing about depth, composition and light. More than that he also had the great fortune of being called for under the wing of a pro newspaper photographer who used to work for Woonsocket Call at that point of time.
Eddie Hanson told that as he walked up to him while he was taking snaps one day and said ‘hey, you look like you know what you’re doing.’ After that he took him up to the photo room of the Call and he taught him how to develop negative to prints. That point, he realized that photography and camera were to be with him for the rest of his life and he just kept on doing it.
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Two residents of the North Shore have their snaps on display at Canadian Museum of Nature located in Ottawa, Canada, as part of Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year exhibit. The 6th edition of this yearly show, which started on 16th May, features twenty five winning snaps from the Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year Contest 2013, arranged by the Canadian Geographic in collaboration with the museum.
West Vancouver’s Geoffrey Shuen was a runner-up in In Flight category for his snap named Fly by Delivery of a barn swallow fetching food to her young. North Vancouver’s Lauren Nicholl was also a 2nd spot holder in In Flight category for her snap of an owl reconnoitering out a meal on a March afternoon at the Boundary Bay. Tim Hensel from Cheshire won the best wedding photography prize.
The winners, 2nd spot holders as well as other honorable references were chosen from thousands of entries handed to the Canadian Geographic. The snaps would be on display till 1st September. The photographs can also be seen on the internet at – wpy13.canadiangeographic.ca.
Meanwhile, nature photography lovers can have their opinion heard in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition’s People’s Choice category. 50 photographs that are pre-selected by the judges from over forty one thousand entries, are being put up for an online vote. The top position holder of People’s Choice Award would be declared at Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards evening. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit goes on display at the Natural History Museum in London on October 24. Later it would embark on an international tour.