Deadline approaches for Leeds photography exhibition

Time is running out for enthusiastic wildlife photographers in the city to enter a competition that could see their pictures displayed in a fantastic exhibition at Leeds City Museum.

Open to people of all ages and ability and divided into seven categories as part of the ‘Natural Beauty’ exhibition, keen snappers have the opportunity to enter and showcase their skills to a panel of judges which will include professional photographer Sara Porter and the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Tom Murray.

Earlier in the year as part of Leeds Museums and galleries’ ‘Natural Beauty Part 1’ over 60 high-resolution images by Sara were displayed in the city museum, which is located off Millennium Square. All of the photos displayed as part of the collection were of objects found in the Leeds museums and galleries natural history collection.

Winners and runners-up will be selected for those aged 15 and under and 16 and over in categories that include: Beautiful Yorkshire, Leeds Wildlife, Wild Yorkshire, Animal Behaviour, British Wildlife, World Wildlife and Beautiful Botany.

Along with seeing their photos on show at Leeds City Museum, a range of prizes will also be on offer to the winners and runners-up. These will include camera equipment, and for the 15 and under category winners a high quality canvas or print of an image of their choice. Winners of the 16 and over categories will win £200 of photographic vouchers.

Closing on September 27, anyone interested in entering the competition are being urged to do so as soon as possible.

The exhibition will begin next January and close in July 2014.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure & skills said:

“I would urge all wildlife photographers not to miss out on this fantastic opportunity to possibly have their pictures displayed at Leeds City Museum as part of the Natural Beauty competition.

“Open to people of all ages and abilities, there are seven categories that can be entered, and I am really looking forward to seeing at the exhibition a wide-range of pictures that capture so brilliantly our wildlife.”

Notes to editors:

Natural Beauty is kindly sponsored by CC Imaging, Ark Display Graphics, Dale Photographic and Pictures Plus.

To find out more about Natural Beauty visit the webpage at www.leeds.gov.uk/naturalbeauty

To find out more about Leeds City Museum, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/citymuseum

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk