The Power of Nature at the Natural History Museum

A black rhinoceros with its horn cut off lies, like a fallen giant, under a leaden sky, victim of the ruthless hunting of man. Work by Brent Stirton, the best shot of the 2017 Edition of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, on display, along with other finalist photos, at the Natural History Museum. During a ceremony held last October 17th, the British institution, organiser of one of the most prestigious photography contests in the world, awarded the photos that captured the jury in terms of technique, composition and interpretation, in a contest that saw over 50 thousand photos from more than 90 countries. Memorial to a Species - the title of the winning photo - tells the heart-rending story of the hunt for rhinos in South Africa in the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. But next to the shocking image of Stirton is also a relaxed portrait of a young gorilla, immortalised by seventeen-year-old Daniël Nelson in Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo, and the charm of the ocean with the luminous jelly-fish of French photographer Anthony Berberian, in this remarkable exhibition. The protagonist is wild nature, with its allure, at time truly dramatic, pure emotion.
Samantha De Martin - © 2017 for Bvlgari Hotel London