Public to decide which pictures make final cut for photography exhibition

Caption: The Natural Beauty 2 exhibition will open on 7 February 2014.

Entries which just missed out on being included in a fantastic wildlife photography exhibition set to be launched at Leeds City Museum next month could be given a lifeline by the public vote.

Over 1,000 entries were submitted to the ‘Natural Beauty’ wildlife photography competition, which was divided into seven categories: Beautiful Yorkshire, Leeds Wildlife, Wild Yorkshire, Animal Behaviour, British Wildlife, World Wildlife and Beautiful Botany. The competition gave keen photographers of all ages and abilities the chance to showcase their work to a panel of expert judges, which included professional photographer Sara Porter and the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray.

After much consideration, just over 100 of the entries have been chosen to feature in the new 'Natural Beauty 2' exhibition and be considered for the top prize in each of the categories. The winners in both the 15 years and under and 16 years and over age ranges will be revealed when the exhibition opens early next month.

Such was the high standard of entries that were received as part of the competition, Leeds City Museum is giving the public the chance to decide which three pictures from a 20-strong shortlist that initially missed the cut for inclusion, should also be displayed at the exhibition.

Opening on Friday 17 January until midnight on Friday 31 January, people will be able to register their preference by taking a look at the dedicated photo album on the museum’s Facebook page and ’liking’ their favourite photographs.

The three photos with the most likes by 31 January will then be displayed alongside the yet to be announced winners and highly commended entries of the seven different categories in the Natural Beauty 2 exhibition, which will be officially opened to the public on Friday 7 February.

For more details on the exhibition and updates, 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 standard of photographs we received for the Natural Beauty competition was unbelievable, and I certainly did not envy the judges having to whittle down the shortlist to just over 100.

"We have now decided that 20 photographs which just missed the cut for inclusion in the exhibition be given a second chance, and it is going to be exciting to see which three pictures the public decides should join the winning entries and all of the shortlisted pictures in being displayed at Leeds City Museum.

"Due to the tight timescales judging is only open for two weeks, so please don’t miss out on your chance to vote for your favourite entry."

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.


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