Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at The Base in Newbury
Updated: Jun 28
Why you need to check out the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at The Base in Newbury before it moves on.
A few weeks ago I was contacted by the Corn Exchange to see if I wanted to come along to the launch of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at The Base in Newbury.
If I'm completely honest, I didn't know too much about the photography award. But, having an opportunity to find out more and explore The Base made me say, "Yes, please!"
What is the Wildlife Photographer of the Year?
The Natural History Museum launched The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 55 years ago. The aim was to allow photographers from all over the world to showcase the very best in nature photography.
The award since then has become a pretty big deal. Not only has it been going strong for 55 years, but in 2019 over 48,000 people entered the competition from 100 different countries. Very impressive!
Pictures of the exhibition at The Base taken by Holly Bobbins
Why is the Wildlife Photographer of the Year in Newbury?
Good question. Why has such a huge event decided to exhibit at The Base in Newbury?
Well, every year the Natural History Museum launches an exhibit showcasing the top 100 images from various award categories, including the overall winning shots. This year the Grand Title Winners were Yongqing Bao from China, and Cruz Erdmann from New Zealand who is just 14 years old!
While the exhibition runs at the Natural History Museum it also tours around the UK and across the world.
The Base has the honour this year of hosting the exhibition from Friday 7 February to Sunday 26 April. A big congratulations to The Base for bringing the amazing collection to Newbury!
Me wondering how I've missed the Wildlife Photography of the Year event every year!
What can I expect from the exhibition?
Expect to be wowed as soon as you take a look at the first image. Reading the detail about how each photographer got the winning shot is amazing. Their patience and determination must be off the scale.
The photographs are exhibited in their award categories. My favourite has to be the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year category. I could not believe my eyes when I read "Humming Surprise" was taken by Thomas Easterbrook from the UK who is just nine years old!
One of the categories is called Photo Journalism. Now this section will certainly make you think about how cruel our world can be to nature. It definitely opened my eyes to some of the issues animals and the environment face around the world. If you have young children with you, it's probably best to skip this bit!
Is the exhibition suitable for families?
If your child is interested in nature, animals or photography then you should definitely see the exhibition before it moves on.
The room is set up in a way that makes the display family-friendly. So, even if you want to see the exhibition for yourself, not for your children, you'd feel comfortable walking around with a baby, toddler or child.
There's also the Honesty Cafe right next to the gallery which is perfect for any "you can have cake" bribes!
That said, The Base is holding relaxed days on Thursday 20 February and Wednesday 8 April. And there's a Parent and Baby day on Wednesday 11 March.
The Base puts on family activities throughout the year, so do check out the calendar for these as you may be able to tie the exhibition in with something else.
Children could make 'seed bombs' on launch day to take home. You must also see the Artists' in Residence.
What other details do I need to know?
If you do decide to head on down, here's everything you need to know.
Where: The Base, Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN
When: Friday 7 February to Sunday 26 April
Time: The Gallery is open every day from 10am to 5pm (last entry at 4pm)
Cost: Full price £9, concessions £7.50, under 16s £6, groups of 10+ £7, under 5s FREE
Tickets: You can purchase tickets online here or on the day from the Honesty Cafe
Let me know what you think of the exhibition if you go!
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