As I am sure you must all be aware by now May is a very busy month in Brighton & Hove. There are events all year-round but this is the busiest time of year as we have the Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe, Artists Open Houses and the Great Escape. There's also HOUSE, Charleston and Elderflower Fields Festival as well as tons of other events. So with so much going on you could be forgiven for missing the fact that we also have a major new exhibition at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery...

I'm sure I've mentioned it before but I've always loved the Natural History Museum and part of that is the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. This year to mark the 50th anniversary, 100 award-winning images will go on a global tour starting in... *drumroll*... Brighton. Hooray!

Last week we were fortunate enough to get a sneaky peek and it is fabulous. The photos are truly stunning and I would definitely advise visitors to take the time to actually read the captions beside each piece. Thanks to Instagram and similar platforms we all like to think of ourselves as photographers and we may even kid ourselves that we too could get a lucky shot if only we were in the right place at the right time. But it is exhibitions like this that really make you appreciate the extremely wide gap between amateur and professional. These are not lucky shots, the dedication and determination of these photographers is inspirational. The captions tell the story behind the images and most of the photographers were on site trying to capture these images for weeks, months and, in one case, 6 years!

At the preview event we were fortunate to get the chance to chat to one of the photographers - Andrew Forsyth. Andrew is a Brighton based wildlife photographer and was one of the finalist at this year's event because of this spectacular shot of the starling murmurations in Brighton:

Photo from the Wildlife Photographer of the  Year exhibitionI was in awe of Andrew's dedication as he described the months spent at the end of Brighton Pier documenting the murmurmations, including going out in gale force winds (including 70mph gusts!), taking hundreds of photos in treacherous conditions. As Andrew pointed out the murmurations are a popular subject for photographers so trying to capture them in a new and unusual way is no easy task but Andrew certainly rose to the challenge, congratulations :)

The above image is part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at Brighton Museum but Andrew is also opening his doors for Artists Open Houses where you can see more of his murmuration images. The house is in Balfour Road and if you've already picked up a brochure then it's house number 16.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is open now and will be at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery until 6th September (admission payable).


Photo - © Andrew Forsyth Murmuration in the storm


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