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Escape to the natural world

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The Gallery at the Winchester Discovery Centre is hosting The 55th Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, an annual competition that showcases the world’s very best nature photography. Be delighted, amazed and inspired by the breath-taking photography on display showing some of our favourite animals. Immerse yourself in the stories behind the images as you get to know extraordinary species and fascinating animal behaviour.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The competition is owned and operated by the world-renowned Natural History Museum. A panel of international experts selected the awarded images from almost 50,000 entries by the world’s best photographers.

To visit the exhibition you will need to book your ticket in advance. To avoid overcrowding the discovery centre has introduced time slots to limit the number of visitors. For information on how the Winchester Discovery Centre is re-opening please see their FAQs webpage.

If you leave the exhibition inspired to capture the wildlife around us Winchester has some tranquil beauty spots to explore. Grab your camera and wander down to Winnall Moors – just a short walking distance from the Discovery Centre. This wildlife haven is full of life with a patchwork of wildflower-rich meadows and a clear chalk stream running through. If you have the patience you might see a kingfisher or a water vole.

Flowers and trees at Winnall Moor

If you venture out of the city centre you can reach the South Downs National Park, why not follow the South Downs Way starting at Winchester City Mill? The national park is home to a huge variety of wildlife for you to capture. Watch a variety of bird species fly across the panoramic views, take in the scent and colours of the flowers or zoom in on the incredible insects that live just out of sight.

Image of the South Downs

If you want to stay closer to the city centre take a walk to Abbey Gardens, with its picturesque flowers and open green space. Keep your camera ready for the bees and butterflies that frequent this garden.

yellow flowers in Abbey Gardens

Your adventure as a wildlife photographer doesn’t end there – once you are happy with your photo take a copy to Bell Fine Art on Parchment Street to have it framed. Their highly experienced staff will help you find the perfect frame to display your photography. Choose from a wide range of options to give your piece a professional finish. Who knows, the wildlife you capture could inspire another wildlife photographer.