Natural Beauty 2 photography exhibition set to open tomorrow

Pictures which will feature as part of the Natural Beauty 2 exhibition include:

Caption 1: Robin – 'Cheeky Robin', courtesy of Lance Featherstone.

Caption 2: Ladybird – 'Hold', courtesy of Nigel Pugh.

A new exhibition showcasing 100 spectacular wildlife images taken by keen photographers from Leeds and beyond is set to open at a city museum tomorrow.

The first display of its kind to open at Leeds City Museum, Natural Beauty 2 will showcase the winning entries from a popular wildlife photography competition held last summer which invited photographers of all ages and abilities to grab their cameras and enter. Divided into seven categories, the competition which attracted over 1000 entries was judged by a panel of judges who after much deliberation picked the final selection based on composition, creativity and uniqueness. Sitting on the panel included, professional photographer Sara Porter, and the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray.

From majestic lions on the plains of Africa, to the humble robin in the parks of Leeds this exhibition showcases the beauty and wonder of the wildlife all around us. In particular, it shows that you don’t have to cross the world to find the extraordinary – sometimes it is right here on our doorstep.

Beating over 1,000 other entries, winners of the competition will not know who has taken the top prize in each category until the awards ceremony at the museum tonight where winners will be announced and prizes can be collected.

The new exhibition, ‘Natural Beauty 2’, opens to the public on Friday February 7. Also taking centre stage in the display will be the three most popular pictures chosen from a 20-strong shortlist in the ‘People’s Choice’, a Facebook voting contest that gave members of the public a chance to vote for the pictures which didn’t quite make the final selection but which they thought deserved a second chance.

This exhibition also coincides with another display, ‘A Moment With Nature’, opening at Leeds City Museum from local photographer Tricia Thorpe, who works for ‘Time to Change’. This organisation challenges stigma and discrimination for people with mental health issues. Available until April 28 2014, this exhibition can be viewed in the Community Corridor of the Museum.

For more details on the exhibition and updates regarding Natural Beauty 2, please see: www.leeds.gov.uk/naturalbeauty, via Twitter @LeedsMuseums and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LeedsMuseumsandGalleries

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

"The response that we received from the public to the competition was really amazing, and it has been an extremely difficult task for our judges to decide which pictures should feature in the Natural Beauty 2 exhibition.

"The wait to see which shots have made the final cut will be revealed on February 7, and this is a great opportunity at Leeds City Museum to see the fantastic photographic talent of all ages that exists in our city and wider region."

Professional photographer and judge Sara Porter, said:

"It has been wonderful to have had the opportunity see so many fantastic images of nature not just in Yorkshire but also covering the UK and beyond. There have been some truly talented entries which of course created a really challenging job in trying to choose winners.

"I hope that this competition has inspired people to not just get out there with their cameras but also acts as a reminder to occasionally just stop for a minute and appreciate the beauty that is around us which we sometimes miss because it is a daily part of our lives. It has been a really honour to have played a part in this competition."

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

Leeds City Museum is a free attraction located just up the steps on Millennium Square in Leeds city centre.

Admission free. Mondays closed (except bank holiday Mondays 11am-5pm), Tues, Weds and Fri 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, Sat and Sun 11am-5pm.


Millennium Square, Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 8BH.

Free events

Inspired by the exhibition? Join us for a series of events and find out more.

All events are free, but you must book a place by calling 0113 224 4368.

Natural History Showcases

Explore the wonders of the natural world by getting up-close with our fantastic natural history collection.

11-12pm on 5 March, 2 April, 7 May, 4 June, 16 July

at Leeds City Museum

Photography Workshops

Join Exposure Leeds and learn how to do more with

your photography.

1-3pm, 16 March – Beyond Snapping, Leeds City Museum

1-3pm, 22 March – Themed Photowalk, Kirkstall Abbey

1-3pm, 16 April – Children’s Photowalk, Leeds City Museum

Photography competitions: A judge’s insight

Join Sara Porter, one of The Natural Beauty photography competition judges, in the exhibition and find out what makes a winning image.

Sara will talk you through some of her favourite images from the exhibition, as well as explaining what her and her fellow judges were looking for when they judged the competition entries on:

Thursday 13 February, 5.30-6.30pm, City Museum

Saturday 1 March, 2-3pm, City Museum

For media enquiries, please contact;

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

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk