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Written by Victoria Louise Crump-Haill – Digital Strategist / Account Director

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, The Natural History Museum

The Brandcast Media team took a trip to The Natural History Museum on Tuesday evening to film at the 49th Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.  The prestigious event took place in the museum’s grand hall alongside the skeleton of a diplodocus, with the category runners-up and winners being revealed throughout the night.  Of the 43,000 entrants, only 100 photos could make it into the exhibition, with winners in each of the 18 categories. We were there to not only capture the experience, but to meet and interview the thrilled winners.

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Greg Du Toit’s winning photograph, ‘Essence of Elephants’.

Amongst all the unforgettable images, two photographers in particular were thrown into the spotlight following the grand title announcements.  Greg du Toit (South Africa) was awarded the enviable title of ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ with his majestic ‘Essence of elephants’.  Udayan Rao Pawar (India) at just 14 years of age received the ‘Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ award with his ‘Mother’s little headful’.

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A spooky skeleton of a diplodocus towers over tables in The Grand Hall, which was beautifully decorated for the event

Interviewing the winners was a humbling experience, as many of the photographers were keen to point out the excellence of all the runners up, including the chance and luck aspect of wildlife photography. When asked what advice they would give to budding wildlife photographers, winners highlighted the importance of patience.

As 17 year old Mateusz Piesiak from Poland put it:

“Photographing animals is very different to photographing flowers or mountains, which are quite still. As a wildlife photographer you have to be very patient, you are working with living breathing creatures, with a mind of their own. You must respect their space.”

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Victoria interviews Udayan Rao Pawar, 14 who won the ‘Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ with ‘Mother’s little headful’

The important WPY awards not only encourage young amateurs and professional photographers to get out there and capture the beauty of the natural world, but they also raise important awareness of environmental issues and the dangers facing our fragile planet. This year, over 96 countries were represented and we felt very fortunate to speak to the photographers and judges first-hand. Our interviews cover the unlikely stories behind many of pictures, as well as each individual photographer’s inspiration. The videos will be ready to view with the launch of the new WPY website in December, when the call opens for 2014 entries. Get snapping!

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The Natural History Museum was lit up blue for the evening


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