30 March 2010

Unique Moments in Nature Captured in National Wildlife Photography Exhibition


Where can you witness a protective mother duck battling a Great Blue Heron, or stare into the eyes of a luminescent dragonfly, and even catch a fox in “flight”?  These unique moments are captured for all to enjoy in the first Canadian Wildlife Photography of the Year exhibition now open at the New Brunswick Museum, Market Square, Saint John. Produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature, in partnership with Canadian Geographic and the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada. The exhibition runs until May 31, 2010. 

Marvel at the beauty of Canadian wildlife as seen through the eyes of thirty Canadians, whose winning photographs were selected. The striking and unique photos enrich our appreciation of the beauty, diversity, and vulnerability of Canada’s wildlife.  Featuring photographs from several categories: birds, mammals, urban wildlife, all other animals, and baby critters - a special category for young photographers.

“We’re pleased to partner with Canadian Geographic to present this collection of striking photographs which highlight the beauty, diversity, value and vulnerability of Canadian wildlife,” explains Joanne DiCosimo, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Modelled upon the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, the newly-created contest attracted more than 5,000 entries in its début year from both novice and experienced photographers. The winning pictures hailed from five categories: Birds, Mammals, Urban Wildlife, All Other Animals, and Baby Critters, a special category for entrants under 16.

Paul Parent from Montreal, whose vibrant-coloured image of a dragonfly won the “All Other Animals” category, says he is proud to have his photo included in a nationally travelling exhibition.

“Being able to share that instant when I took that picture with people, not only with friends and family, people who will visit the exhibit from all over the country inspires me to persist and continue my passion for Photography and Wildlife,” says Mr. Parent.

William Bickle, photographer of the dramatic Blue Heron-Mallard confrontation, has watched the movements and personalities of the herons along the Moira River in Belleville, Ontario over the last couple of seasons.

“I feel very fortunate to have been there to witness and capture the image in those few seconds,” says Bickle. “The opportunity to have my photographs displayed in cities across Canada is one of the highest achievements and compliments I could attain.”

The photographs will be on view until May 31, 2010 at the New Brunswick Museum Exhibition Centre, Market Square, Saint John. The Museum is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm; also Thursday from 5 pm to 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 12 noon to 5 pm. Tel: (506) 643-2300; toll-free 1-888-268-9595.

Details about the contest can be found at www.canadiangeographic.ca/wildlifephotography

For further information:

Vita Kipping
Community Relations
New Brunswick Museum
Tel: 506-643-2358
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