Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, 2016
I promised my mum I would take her to see this exhibition held in Tel Aviv, so we made the trip this week. I had been before and it is always stunning but what I did not remember was that this event comes from, and is sponsored by, the National History Museum, London.
The mission of the National History Museum is to "change and challenge the way people think about the natural worlds, it's past, present and future, by exploring themes such as evolution, biodiversity and sustainability."
Proceeds from the exhibition supports the work of the 300 research scientists and the care of the Museum's collection of 80 million specimens based in London.
So how amazing is that?
The exhibition was pure beauty and inspirational. there were 100 photographs selected from 42,445 entries from all over the world. That must have been some selection panel! Images captured "every corner of the natural world - from the skies to the depths of the ocean, pole to pole, into the deepest forest and up to the highest mountain." Places we can only dream or imagine ever seeing. I have included a few of my favourites - the ones that grabbed my focus on textures or colour.
At the exhibition I was once again reminded that there can be inspiration from anywhere and anything. Ella and my little six month old grandson came along too - his name Alon (oak tree in Hebrew) means he must have an affinity to nature. I just hope that we are preserving the natural world with all its beauty and diversity for him and others to appreciate.