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Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 12 Hardcover – 17 Oct 2002


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (17 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563488190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563488194
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 1.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Running since 1964, the competition that produces Wildlife Photographer of the Year gets bigger and better as the years go by. A collaboration between the BBC (through their own BBC Wildlife Magazine) and the Natural History Museum, the competition now receives around 20,000 entries a year, and stages exhibitions in places as far a field as Pakistan and China. The competition now boasts 17 separate categories, which makes browsing through this, the competition's latest portfolio of winning and commended work, a more than idle pleasure. The best sections work like a small visual essays around a theme: the pictures in "The Underwater World" and the chapter accurately (if cringingly) named "Animal Portraits" worked particularly well. By developing so many categories, the competition organisers are now able to cover a broad range of photographic tastes; everything from reportage to experiments in colour and form.

There's still room for expansion: "The World in Our Hands" contains photographs of our species' hapless stewardship of the natural world. But the relationship between the built and natural environment is so complex, this theme could be usefully subdivided and explored further: the inclusion of the enchanting section "Urban and Garden Wildlife" doesn't really cover all bases. This is a valuable document about an often forgotten form of fine art; one whose respect for representation and accuracy still leaves plenty of room for artistic innovation. --Simon Ings


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lily on 27 Jan. 2013
Absouloutly amazing book of wildlife, I have nothing bad to say about it. It gives good description of the photos and are in very good quality, buy this book
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Nov. 2002
The latest in the annual series of books keep up the high standards set by previous editions. In fact, if anything I think this year's photos are even more stunning than before.
The only problem with this book is the same one that afflicted Portfolios 10 and 11 - too many of the photographs go across the spine of the book, spoiling their impact and enjoyment.
Still, good to see that the price still hasn't gone up, which makes the book pretty good value.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 Nov. 2002
The latest in this annual series maintains the high stndards set by previous editions. In fact, if anything I think the photographs in this year's book are even more stunning.
The only problem, which prevents me from giving it the full five stars, is the one which afflicted portfolios 10 and 11 - the design of the book means that too many photos are split across the spine, severely lessening the impact and enjoyment of these.
Still, good to see that the price still hasn't gone up this year, which makes this book pretty good value.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ph R. Unger on 26 Sept. 2011
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Regarding the price I had to pay for a new book, this was a bargain price: in good shape, slightly used, but more than acceptable.
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