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50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year

How Wildlife Photography Became Art

By Rosamund Kidman Cox (Edited by)

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Format: Hardback, 256 pages, New edition Edition
Other Information: Over 150 colour photographs
Published In: United Kingdom, 03 September 2015
This special collection is a celebration of 50 years of the world-famous Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and of wildlife photography itself. Featuring many of the greatest nature photographs of all time, it charts the development of nature photography, from the first hand-held cameras and the colour film revolution of the 1960s, to the increasingly sophisticated photographs of wild animals and unexplored places that are taken today. This is a resized and reformatted edition of the larger bestselling book with a striking new cover. The prize-winning images include ground-breaking portraits, breathtaking aerial shots, underwater photography, close-up imagery and much more. The images are accompanied by captions that put the photographs in context, explaining their importance, andrevealing the vision, talent, passion and technique of the world's leading wildlife photographers. All those who are passionate about photography and who have followed this compelling competition since its inception 50 years ago will treasure this magnificent volume.

Table of Contents

Putting it all in context; In the beginning; The rise of the competition; The art of seeing; Down to eye level; A sense of place; And then there was light; The moment; Wild spaces; Natural design; The white canvas; Faster and faster; The portrait and the pose; Remote design; The tiny things in life; And then there was night; Telling a story; Back to black and white; Aerial exposure; The underwater revolution; The passion of youth; The final message; Index of photographers

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First edition has sold over 9,000 copies since publication in September 2014.


About the Author

Rosamund Kidman Cox is an editor and writer, specialising in wildlife and environmental issues and with a particular interest in photography. She was editor of Wildlife Magazine, subsequently BBC Wildlife Magazine, for 23 years and has been a judge of the competition since 1981, launching it in its current form. She is on the executive committee of the International League of Conservation Photographers.


"Great pictures of nature have one thing in common - they are unforgettable. They can also be a profound source of beauty, wonder and joy. This is a collection of work from the competition that, over the past half century, has become an international showcase for the very best wildlife photography - images that have the power to affect how we feel about the natural world and therefore how we treat it. It's a collection that will make you think." Sir David Attenborough; "Extraordinary images from half a century of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards... a book featuring some of the most compelling entries over the decades." The Sunday Times; "Started in the 1960s, the 160 prize-winning and commended images represent 50 years of different times, styles and specialisms - showcasing some of the iconic images of wildlife on planet Earth." The Guardian; "Stunning photos you need to see" Irish Examiner; "A commemorative book featuring the most impactful, compelling and memorable entries from the last half century." Digital SLR Photography

EAN: 9780565093839
ISBN: 0565093835
Publisher: The Natural History Museum
Dimensions: 26.2 x 1.9 x 26.4 centimetres (1.10 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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