The best wildlife photographs are in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Burgess Natural History Museum.

American Karine Aigner won the top prize for nature photographer with a bee ball buzzing in the hot sand at a Texas ranch.
The photo was taken with a special macro lens. The male patrol in search of the female is in full swing, and the photo is unusual in the category of invertebrate behavior.

An unmissable annual event

Karine Aigner was the production director of the prestigious magazine National Geographic Junior, before becoming a professional photographer. A feature he wants to use to educate.

For Sebastien Minchin, director of the Natural History Museum, “this photograph has incredible image quality and sharpness”. Photo opening the exhibition in a larger format (60×80 centimeters) than the usual 40×60 format.
These and others are at the annual exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year, hosted in Burgess under the direction of the British Museum of Natural History. An unmissable event for photography and nature lovers.

After the Berry museum and the Hotel Lallemant, a third museum in Burges will soon close.

It’s always amazing to see these moments frozen in the natural world, on land or underwater. Photographs are always accompanied by an explanation of the shooting conditions as well as details of the photographic equipment used.

Director’s Favorites

Sébastien Minch Tell us your favorite of the hundred pictures on display. “Flemish in Paradise” is a photograph taken in Chile, in the Andes Mountains, at an altitude of 3,700 meters above sea level. The mirror effect of the lake gives a unique visual effect,” he says.

“The Bear House is a photograph taken on a Russian island where all its inhabitants have left, but the bears have returned. Females and cubs stay outside, males forage for food. »

There is also a shoal of sockeye salmon that present the bear to the snow leopard found on the snowy mountainside. “The bonobo and the mongoose show the bonobo holding a mongoose, which is a really uncommon behavior between the two species,” adds Sébastien Minchin.

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The exhibition begins its career in the city of Berruyer, as it has every year for thirty-two years. “You have to understand that the competition is the equivalent of the Cannes Film Festival and provides significant economic benefits for the prize-winning photographers. It’s also where people travel for the museum, even from Paris, to see the photographs.

Experiment. The exhibition will be on view at the Allée René-Menard Museum of Natural History in Bourges until March 5. Information on The museum is open all year round from 14:00 to 18:00 and additionally during the school holidays, from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:00. Entrance fee: 5 euros. Discount up to 3 euros, free for children up to 6 years old. The photo contest book was published by Biotope publications at a price of 34 euros. From December 19 to 30, at 3:30 p.m., a guided tour of the exhibition is planned with a museum facilitator, 5 euros for adults; €3, child.

Francois Lesbret

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