Wildlife Photographer of the Year Portfolio 18 Hardcover – 30 Oct 2008
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120 astonishingly beautiful winning photographs from the 2008 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition
About the Author
Rosamund Kidman Cox edited "BBC Wildlife Magazine" for more than two decades. She is an experienced naturalist and the coeditor of "Planet Earth: The Future," a companion book to the BBC's acclaimed documentary "Planet Earth,"
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I don't know what the photographers out there have been doing this year but the level in quality has jumped to a whole new level and it will be amazing to see if they can sustain it. The number of pictures produced from film rather than a digital sensor seems to have fallen almost to nothing but if the quality is improving for that reason then who would complain? The photos in this volume transcend wildlife or nature photography. They are fine art. Incredible moments, captured with exquisite composition and perfect timing.
A few photos after my first look already stick in my mind, an image of dolphins going after fish, an underwater portrait of a beaver, a snake trying in vain to eat a treefrog.
If you bought other volumes in the series you'll know how good they are and need little convincing, even without knowing how much better this new portfolio is. If you haven't - then you must try them out starting with this one. If you only have the one book of wildlife photography, make it this one - you won't find better than this anywhere.
The book follows the standard formula and include a short statement by each photographer and include technical details, these are generally short but cover the essentials like aperture and shutter speed and this is, after all, not a book on how to take a photo. It would be nice if the pages were bigger but they're glossy and the photos seem to have been reproduced very well.
Absolutely wonderful book, stands head and shoulders above the other volumes in the series. A must-own item!
This book will be a timeless volume and like mine will become well thumbed over the coming years. Its not just a great book of wildlife images but also a book to give all of us inspiration to get out there with a camera.
Take the example of the 2 eagles fighting over a carcass or the bat flying in the jungle, every picture has an interesting story about the painstaking weeks (months in some cases) that it took to produce it.
Interestingly nearly all the photographers use D-SLR apart from one guy in South Africa that uses film.
I wish there was more information about the pictures as the organisers restrict the amount of information printed per picture, but every one has a great background.
This will make a perfect present to any interested in wildlife and / or photography.
If you get the chance to visit the exhbition where these photos are displayed, this is the perfect 'take-away' from it: allowing the viewer to enjoy the fantastic photos from the comfort of their own home.
The books many sections depict a)animal and bird behaviour b)animals in black and white c)animals and the environment d) plants e)underwater f)animal portraits g)wild places and h)young photographer.
All the photographers are to be congratulated for excellent images but I do not agree with the judges on a number of occasions especially the overall winner -Snowstorm leopard- which was not as good as many other pictures in the book.
When will publishers finaly recognise the old axiom -ONE PICTURE ONE PAGE-far too many are spread over 1 1/4, 1 1/2 or 2 pageswhich totally destroys thier integrity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The very cover page is hair raising before one delves into the book. A nature photographers' compendium.Published 8 months ago by K.Jayaram
I love these books, I just wish they were cheaper!
Guarenteed beatiful photographs every time you turn the page, I cannot fault a single part. Read more
I was rather disappointed in this item as it was nearly as expensive as a brand new copy and the cover was badly torn and creased. Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2010 by Mrs. Julie M. Russ
If you want to see the best shots of animals this is the book. A perfect collection of the 2008 photos.
In a multi-channel world awash with high quality wildlife films, is there a place for anything as prosaic as a book of photographs? Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2009 by hbw
Beautiful book of photography. I go to the exhibition every year and have been wanting to purchase the books also, and they were at a reasonable cost. Read morePublished on 11 May 2009 by R. Turner
This annual photo competition is always a treat. This year is no different. If anything, it gets better!Published on 16 April 2009 by Mrs. R. B. Brackley