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Not such a bright Light on the Earth
on 3 April 2006
I had high expectations of this book. The prestigous wildlife photographer of the year competition draws on the talents of the worlds top wildlife photographers, so you would expect some top notch imagery. Take the best of these images and compile them into a book that celebrates 20 years of the competition and you would expect to see a collection of the most stunning, draw dropping shots of the natural world. Sadly that hasn't happened. There are well over 100 photographs in this book, and out of those I would rate about 12 of them as draw dropping. Most of the rest are very good, with about 25% of the shots being very much "so what" in terms of visual impact. None of this is helped by less than top quality printing. I suspect that many of the shots have made it into the book more because of their scientific interest than anything else.
If it seems that I'm being a bit harsh it's because this book has a lot to live up to. The photographs in this book are very good, but they should be better - most of them are not the best wildlife images I have seen. If you want to see pictures of wildlife for their scientific content, then you will be quite happy with this book, but if you want page after page of stunning, draw dropping imagery then, like me, you are going to be dissapointed.