Photographs make a call to action for planet’s wildlife

A shocking photograph of a black rhino killed by poachers in South Africa has won the Bristol museum wildlife photographer of the year 2017.

The prestigious exhibition is now showing at Bristol museum, M Shed, until April 2018.

The winning photographer, Bent Stirton from South Africa, depicts the emotionally disturbing image of the carcass of a black rhino whose horn has been severed.

Rhian Grason, National History Curator, said the photo was taken as part of “an undercover investigation into the illegal trade in Rhino horns.”

Grason added: “Once you’re left the exhibition it plays on your mind quite a bit.”

The image is one of 100 on display, selected from over 50,000 entries from 92 countries worldwide. These will go on to be shown all over the world.

However, after London, it is in Bristol, with its strong natural history connections through the BBC and its many production and post-production companies, that the exhibition always proves most popular in terms of public appeal and reception.

Click below to see some of photography from the exhibition
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Laura Pye, head of culture at Bristol City Council, said: “I am never disappointed with the calibre of image and how the photographers are able to capture such beautiful moments while communicating powerful messages of environmentalism and animal welfare.”



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