Zoological Society of London: photographer of the year

Zoological Society of London: photographer of the year

As most of you will have seen by now, either through facebook or the media in general, I was unveiled as the winner of this prestigious photographic prize in September.

It is a fantastic honour of course, and although I was in Brazil at the time the announcement was made and therefore could not make the gala awards presentation, it was a very welcome piece of news to receive before the end of my trip.

I knew I had won one of the categories before I left for South America, but to then get a text message with a video clip from Breakfast television with the picture there in all its glory and the announcement of overall winner, certainly made it easier to get up that morning!

Andy SkillenThe image in question – ‘timeless’ – is of a female grizzly patrolling the seashore of the greater Lake Clark National Park area in wild, untamed Alaska, which I took last year.

It is of course one the ones available through the “Urso” gallery on the site, in Chromaluxe format. The latter is a patented process performed by Genesis Imaging in Putney and puts the photo onto a thin sheet of aluminium.

You can read more about the technology on the website, but to those who have already seen this image in the flesh, so to speak, at the exhibitions I’ve shown at this year (next one, Harrogate in November) will be able to confirm the impact that this process lends to this particular image in terms of punching out the colour.

Anyway, here’s a few links to some of the online coverage – too many to list this time – and a pic of the image installed at London Zoo in their outdoor exhibition until February. If I can’t get to see you in person, perhaps you’ll be able to make it along there to take a peek.

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