Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 19 (Anglais) Relié – 22 octobre 2009
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 19 is undoubtedly the most outstanding new collection of nature photographs available. The book showcases more than 120 stunning images from the 2009 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition - the most prestigious event of its kind. All the winning and commended photographs are here, selected by an international panel of expert judges and beautifully reproduced in this portfolio.
Choosing the winning entries from an incredible 35,000 entries submitted by photographers around the world is not easy. Each year the new collection is eagerly awaited by nature lovers and photography buffs alike - and each year they are not disappointed, as the quality of the images and the ingenuity of photographers reach new heights of excellence.
The range of subjects and styles is diverse - from abstract nature images to animal behaviour and portraits to environmental reportage. Together they celebrate the splendour, drama and variety of life on Earth. Each photograph is accompanied by a memorable caption that tells the story of how and why the shot was taken.
Being placed in this competition is something that wildlife photographers the world over aspire to. To succeed, they need a mixture of vision, technical ability, knowledge of nature - and luck. All these elements are here in abundance in these inspirational photographs that bring the breathtaking beauty of the natural world to your coffee table.
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Each picture is accompanied by a short description of the conditions under which the photograph was made, together with equipment and shooting data. The pictures are all artful and I'm certain anyone would be pleased to have one of these pictures hanging on a wall. But there's the rub. Books of pictures taken by a single artist or by multiple artists of a single subject have a synergistic effect that help us learn more about the artists work, or the subject. In the "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" annual portfolio each picture stands by itself, to be admired or learned from within the four corners of the individual image. Thankfully there is much to admire in each of these pictures.
My own favorite picture shows a flock of magpies, some landed and other coming in to land. The photograph seems to be taken from a camera on the ground and has that relationship of foreground to background that only a wide angle lens can give. We learn that the picture was taken with a 14-24mm lens fired by an infrared release. It was inspiring to me to know that beautiful bird pictures could be taken with a lens length other than 600mm.
Missing from the book is the back story of the picture that initially won its taker the award of "Wildlife Photographer of the Year". It shows a wolf in Spain leaping over a gate in the dark. It is clearly an awesome image, but the photographer was later stripped of the award when the judges decided that the wolf was a trained animal. The photograph shows not only a spectacular subject, but also the lengths to which some photographers will go to prevail in this contest. Because the determination was made after the book went to print, there is no mention of the situation in the book, although one might think that an errata sheet could have been enclosed. (Animal models are forbidden by the contest; not so the baiting which was used by many of the artists.)
Wildlife photographers owe it to themselves to examine at least one of the BBC Wildlife "Photographer of the Year Portfolios" to serve as inspiration by showing what can be achieved, just as wildlife lovers should view aspects of nature that they will probably never encounter on their own.