National Geographic: opening of the 50 largest animal photography exhibitions at the National Museum of …


CHARLIE HAMILTON JAMES Bears and crows on carcass Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA, 2014 The carcass dump in Grand Teton National Park was created as a safe place away from tourists to dispose of animal bodies killed on the roads. A landfill can be an unsightly place for most, but it provided photographer Charlie Hamilton James the perfect place to capture an image of bears or wolves with the Teton mountain range in the background.

Visitors to the National Museum of Wildlife Art will witness some of the most surprising animal behaviors in the National Geographic: 50 most beautiful photographs of wild animals exhibition organized and toured by the National Geographic Society. The best wildlife photos from the pages of National Geographic magazine were chosen to be featured in this exhibition. Curated by acclaimed nature image editor, Kathy Moran, this exhibit is a festive look at wildlife with images taken by National Geographic’s most iconic photographers such as Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter, Paul Nicklen, Beverly Joubert, David Doubilet and more. Showcasing the evolution of photography, the images show how innovations such as camera traps, remote imaging and underwater technology allowed photographers to access wildlife in their natural habitat. National Geographic: 50 most beautiful photographs of wild animals will remain open at the National Museum of Wildlife Art until April 24, 2022.

“There are some truly spectacular photographs in 50 most beautiful photographs of wild animals which serve to complement the animal art that we have exhibited in our permanent collection, ”says Tammi Hanawalt, art curator at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. “Through these photographs, visitors will see views of wildlife that they may never be able to see in the wild, and they will also be offered a glimpse into the progression of wildlife photography, as well as the how perspectives on wildlife have changed over the decades. “

BRIAN SKERRY Long-beaked dolphins (Stenella longirostris) in the waters off Oahu, Hawaii. These dolphins feed at night in the deep offshore waters, then enter shallow bays in the early morning to socialize and rest. This species of dolphin is known for its spinning behavior, where it jumps out of the water, spins and spins. While researchers aren’t sure why they’re doing this, a prominent theory is to dislodge the remoras and communicate.

For 133 years, National Geographic has used its storytelling expertise to connect readers to the great outdoors. The organization has pioneered the art of wildlife photography since the first image to appear in National Geographic magazine of a reindeer in 1903. The opening of the exhibition shows the humble beginnings of wildlife photography and details how these photographers paved the way for future generations of visual storytellers.

A distinctive feature of the exhibition is that each photograph on display was taken in a natural environment. None of the images were taken in permanent captivity or using baiting techniques. After viewing these spectacular photographs, visitors will be compelled to take action to protect these animals and join National Geographic in its efforts to achieve a planet in balance.

PAUL NICKLEN A Kermode bear eats a fish in a moss-covered rainforest.

A special preview of the exhibition led by the curator will take place on Friday, November 5, 2021, from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is an exciting opportunity to preview a new exhibition before its public opening. After the preview, a public celebration of the opening of the exhibition will take place on Friday, November 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

About the National Geographic Society

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