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World’s Best Nature Photographs Are Coming To The Field Museum

"Wildlife Photographer of the Year" opens March 22. It comes to Chicago from London, where it's housed at the Natural History Museum.

As a group of Qinling golden snub-nosed monkeys jumped from tree to tree in the forests of Shaanxi Province, China, the photographer Marsel van Oosten struggled to keep up. Gradually he learned to predict the monkeys’ behavior. Marsel van Oosten was thus able to capture a male and female resting briefly on stone seats.
© Marsel van Oosten, The Netherlands
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MUSEUM CAMPUS — The Field Museum is poised to exhibit a collection of some of the most stunning, award-winning nature photographs from around the world.

“Wildlife Photographer of the Year” opens March 22. It comes to Chicago from London, where it’s housed at the Natural History Museum. The photos are part of a 54-year-old competition touted as the longest-standing nature photography contest in the world.

The collection coming to the Field is made up of the 100 most recent winners, picked from 45,000 submissions from 95 countries, according to the Field.

Credit: © Valter Bernardeschi, Italy
Having spotted walruses from his dinghy off the coast of Svalbard, Norway, the photographer Valter Bernardeschi slipped into icy water to photograph them. He captured these young walruses with his camera on a float.

 Jan English, Head of Touring Exhibitions at the London Natural History Museum, said the exhibit “is consistently one of our most successful touring exhibitions, enjoyed by millions every year.”

“These images tell thought-provoking stories about our planet that prompt us all to think differently about the natural world and the future we want to create,” English said.

Credit: © Darío Podestá,
A two-banded plover chick runs after its parents in Valdes Peninsula, Patagonia, Argentina.

The exhibit tells the story behind each photo, in Spanish and in English. 

“It takes perseverance to get a great shot—understanding an animal’s behavior can mean tracking it for days,” said Janet Hong, the Field’s Project Manager of Exhibitions. “And a great visual composition often comes from deep knowledge of a place or plant or animal.  Also, it’s quite surprising to realize that some of the most arresting images were captured by keen-eyed kids.”

Credit: © Denis Budkov, Russia
Five years after last erupting in Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, the molten rock of Plosky Tolbachik volcano still glows and radiates intense heat.

The exhibition runs through January, 2020. It is available to visitors who buy an “All-Access or “Discovery” pass. Ticket prices are below: