at the end of last year i went to the natural history museum to see the wildlife photographer of the year
exhibition. i visited the previous year and as with then the standard was ridiculously high. in my head i tried to denigrate the superior standard of wildlife photography by telling myself that the photographers were lucky, in the right place at the right time, or use the old 'well if i was in africa...' argument. however those envious thoughts didn't hold much water when i began reading the accompanying text and it became clear how much skill, patience and effort was behind each photo. my favourite image, which was only awarded a runners up commendation, was bad boys
by andrew walmsley - a shot full of power, humour and monkeys. if you're unable to make it to london to see it in person here's the online gallery
. a positive side effect to seeing the exhibition was that it made me revisit some of my old photos, and i was particularly reminded of my dolphin encounter in venezuela by this dolphin shot
. at the time i only posted one photo
, so here's another from the same boat trip.
here's the original