Review - Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at The Herbert

Troublemaker by Stefano Unterthiner

August 11, 2009

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A frog fighting a snake, eagles in battle, a snow leopard - they all feature in The Herbert’s latest exhibition.

Yes, you did just read right.

You'll find a startling picture of a cat-eyed tree snake locked in a bizarre clinch with a Morelet tree frog deep in the midst of a Belizean rain forest.

And that’s not all.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition has nearly 80 images of exotic creatures, giving a fascinating glimpse of the animal kingdom.

Daddy Long Legs by Jordi Chias

While my favourite by far is the snake versus frog (Deadlock by David Maitland) there are plenty of close seconds.

Carlos Virgili’s black and white photograph of a shiff-arms jellfish is haunting while Stefano Unterthiner’s snap of a black-crested Macaques monkey is positively comical.

Ramon Navarro’s Hoopoe delivery is a stunningly detailed photo of a strangely glamorous bird returning to its nest in a Spanish Eucalypyus Grove.

There are also a couple of duff pictures in the exhibition.

Flight-paths by Martijn de Jonge (flying white storks in the same frame as an aeroplane) is mundane and pretentious.

And Martin Gregus’ White on Blue (the back half of a herring gull) simply looks like he missed the shot.

Clash of Eagles by Antoni Kasprzak

But this shouldn’t (and almost certainly won’t) put you off.

The exhibition is a fantastic way to spend an hour – and best of all, it is completely free.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year runs until October 4.

The Herbert is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5.30pm and Sunday to Monday 12noon to 5pm.

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