National Geographic: The 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs Exhibit will open at the National Museum of…

CHARLIE HAMILTON JAMES Bear and Ravens on Carcass Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA, 2014 The Grand Teton National Park carcass dump was set up as a safe place away from tourists to dump the bodies of animals that are killed on the roads. A junkyard may be an unsightly place to most, but it provided photographer Charlie Hamilton James with the perfect spot to capture an image of bears or wolves with the Teton Mountain Range in the background.

Visitors to the National Museum of Wildlife Art will witness some of the world’s most surprising animal behaviors. National Geographic: 50 most beautiful photographs of wild animals exhibition organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society. The best wildlife images from the pages of National geographic magazine were chosen to appear in this exhibition. Curated by renowned nature editor, Kathy Moran, this exhibit is a festive look at wildlife with images shot by National Geographic’s most iconic photographers such as Michael “Nick” Nichols, Steve Winter, Paul Nicklen, Beverly Joubert, David Doubilet and many others. Showcasing the evolution of photography, the images show how innovations such as camera traps, remote imaging and underwater technology have allowed photographers to access wildlife in their natural habitat. National Geographic: 50 most beautiful photographs of wild animals will remain open at the National Museum of Animal Art until April 24, 2022.

BRIAN SKERRY Spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) in the waters off Oahu, Hawaii. These dolphins feed at night in the deep offshore waters, then enter the shallow bays in the early morning to socialize and rest. This species of dolphin is known for its spinning behavior, where it jumps out of the water, spins and spins. Although researchers aren’t sure why they do this, a prevailing theory is to dislodge remorse and communicate.

“There are some truly spectacular photographs in 50 Greatest Wildlife Photographs that serve to complement the wildlife art we have on display in our permanent collection,” says Tammi Hanawalt, curator of art at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. “Through these photographs, visitors will see views of wildlife they may never be able to see in the wild, and they will also be offered insight into the progression of wildlife photography, as well as how perspectives on wildlife have changed over the decades.”

PAUL NICKLEN A Kermode bear eats a fish in a moss-covered rainforest.

For 133 years, National Geographic has used its expertise in storytelling to connect its readers to the great outdoors. The organization has pioneered the art of wildlife photography since the first image to appear in National geographic magazine of a reindeer in 1903. The beginning of the exhibition shows these humble beginnings of wildlife photography and details how these photographers paved the way for future generations of visual storytellers.

A distinctive element of the exhibition is that each photograph exhibited was taken in a natural environment. None of the images were taken in permanent captivity or through the use of baiting techniques. After viewing these spectacular photographs, visitors will be compelled to take action to protect these animals and join National Geographic in its efforts to achieve a balanced planet.

A special preview of the exhibition led by the curator will take place on Friday, November 5, 2021, from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to preview a new exhibition before it opens to the public. Following the preview, a public celebration of the opening of the exhibition will take place the same evening on Friday, November 5 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

About the National Geographic Society

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