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Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 19 Hardcover – International Edition, November 23, 2009

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Rosamund Kidman Cox edited BBC Wildlife Magazine for more than two decades and is the coeditor of Planet Earth: The Future.

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Product Details

  • Series: Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846077605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846077609
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,380,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Conrad J. Obregon VINE VOICE on June 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Each year BBC Wildlife Magazine and the Natural History Museum (located in London) sponsor a competition for the "Wildlife Photographer of the Year". Entries come from around the globe and the entrants include some of the foremost professionals in the business of wildlife photography, as well as many of the top non-professionals. Over forty thousand entries were submitted for the 2009 contest and 90 pictures made the final volume of winners, runners-up, and highly commended and commended pictures. The contest is divided into almost a dozen categories from bird behavior to the underwater world. Finding a place as a finalist in the competition is one of the highest awards a wildlife photographer can achieve.

Each picture is accompanied by a short description of the conditions under which the photograph was made, together with equipment and shooting data. The pictures are all artful and I'm certain anyone would be pleased to have one of these pictures hanging on a wall. But there's the rub. Books of pictures taken by a single artist or by multiple artists of a single subject have a synergistic effect that help us learn more about the artists work, or the subject. In the "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" annual portfolio each picture stands by itself, to be admired or learned from within the four corners of the individual image. Thankfully there is much to admire in each of these pictures.

My own favorite picture shows a flock of magpies, some landed and other coming in to land. The photograph seems to be taken from a camera on the ground and has that relationship of foreground to background that only a wide angle lens can give. We learn that the picture was taken with a 14-24mm lens fired by an infrared release.
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