Sewerby Hall and Gardens hosts Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition on loan from Museum of London
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, is on display at Sewerby Hall and Gardens. It opened last Saturday and will show until July 17.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform to showcase the natural world’s most stunning and thought-provoking sights for over 55 years.
This is the third time Sewerby has attempted to secure the exhibit in the Grade I listed house which shows the widest range of species from around the world and the diversity of wildlife and nature.
She said: “This will be the third year that we have tried to host this exhibition. It will be number 57, we tried to get number 55 then Covid arrived. Last year we had intermittent restrictions and couldn’t guarantee we could be open long enough.
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“It’s been to Bristol, to the National Museum of Wales, then to our little old man – it’s quite a blow for East Yorkshire and we’re very proud of that.”
The museum will use the exhibit to collect data from visitors to see if hosting an event with a broader appeal increased annual visitor numbers and attracted a new audience and demographic. .
It is also another example of arts and cultural events on loan from London-based museums to the rest of the UK. The Yorkshire Museum has previously hosted pieces from the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.
Ms Smith added: ‘We like to think we’re doing our part to level up, so to speak, so you don’t have to go to London, and that’s something East Yorkshire can boast about. for everyone.
“We have part-time visitors and residents, the numbers in Bridlington, East Yorkshire and the coast are increasing by unimaginable numbers. If we could attract them, that would be great.
The photographs on offer range from delicate to intimidating and Ms Smith has chosen her own favourites.
She said: “Some of the images, particularly those 10 and under, that you suggest are from a professional. I especially like the one that looks like a field full of sunflowers but there’s a little bird in the middle. There are some rather disturbing images of habitats that have been altered by human intervention.