Nature fills Durham in photo form

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Derek Munyon
Arts & Entertainment Editor

There are 16,938 known endangered species in the world. Beautiful and moving photos of some of these animals, along with other diverse and wild animals and locales make up the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit at the Durham Museum located at 801 S. 10th St.

The exhibit, which runs from Oct. 3 to Jan. 3, is part of the 50th year of the prestigious nature photography
competition held by the Natural History Museum in London and BBC Wildlife magazine. This 100-piece showcase is going to be on loan from the Natural History Museum.

This year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition received nearly 42,000 entries from professional and amateur photographers alike and the pieces that will be on display at the Durham are the best of the best.

The competition started in 1965 and collected submissions from Jan. 5 to Feb. 26 this year. There are over 21 individual categories that works can compete in, based on what class an animal belongs to or what
kind of landscape is featured in the photograph.

The competition also is split into adults, contestants 18 and older, and children, contestants 17 and younger. A jury selects the winners with the owner of the best single image getting 10,000 British pounds or $14705.88. From there, prizes are awarded for best portfolio, best photo story, and the TIMElapse Special Award, each receiving a smaller amount.

The Durham Museum was opened in 1972 and hosts a wide range of displays, frequently receiving exhibits
from their partners, The Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress and the National Archives.

The museum is open from:
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, 10
a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through
Saturday. It’s closed on major holidays.

Admission fees are $9 for Adults, $7 for seniors over 62 and $6 for kids.

COURTESY OF DURHAM MUSEUM
COURTESY OF DURHAM MUSEUM

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