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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition launches in Durban

The internationally renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition, which launched last night at the Durban’s uShaka Marine World, will be open to the public for two months from 25 July to 25 September this year. The glamorous cocktail party was attended by a number of filmmakers and broadcast experts from across the world. Other dignitaries included the producer of BBC Africa series James Honeyborne and New York based executive producer Peter Hamilton.

The exhibition will feature 100 of the world’s most amazing wildlife photographs, taken by 77 top international photographers. The selection of images was made from a massive 48 000 entries submitted from 98 countries worldwide and includes work from South African photographers Brent Stirton, Jean Tresfon, Heinrich van den Berg, Kim Wolhuter, Frits Hoogendijk, Thomas Peschak and Hannes Lochner. The launch forms part of Wild Talk Africa, the largest international wildlife and natural history film festival and conference in Africa. The exhibition, which marks its return to Durban after a seven-year hiatus, has been brought to the city by National Geographic Channels International.

“Photography has remained at the forefront of our vision and is still one of the best ways we have captured nature. National Geographic Channels International is proud to be a part of an initiative that supports the art of photography and highlights the beauty of wildlife,” Thandi Davids of National Geographic Channels International said.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition, an annual event, co-owned by the Natural History Museum of London and BBC Worldwide, is a carefully chosen distillation of number photographic entries from around the world.

Wild Talk Africa, alongside Wildscreen in the UK and Jackson Hole in the States, has firmly established itself as one of the top three natural history film festivals in the world. Strongly focused on wildlife, conservation and cultural programming, the four-day festival and conference includes seminars led by key figures in the international broadcast industry.

As part of the city’s greater vision to build Durban’s “golden mile” as a hub for film market activity in the month of July, similar to what Cannes is to Europe, Wild Talk Africa partnered with the Durban International Film Festival and the Durban Film Mart, to offer a strong film industry package for visitors, both local and international.

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Distributed by Be-cause Integrated Communications:

Beverley Houston

beverley@be-cause.co.za

021 462 1723

 

On behalf of Durban Wild Talk Africa:

Director: Donfrey Meyer

 

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