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Free exhibition of stunning photographs
Curiosity and the cat, Hannes Lochner (South Africa)
Animal lovers, kids and anyone who is interested in photographic skills is going to love this touring photographic exhibition that features the best wildlife images from around the world.
The series of photos also help raise awareness of conservation issues and how fragile our natural world is.
Some of the images are taken by professional photographers but many are not.
There are photos by amateurs including children as young as 10 which is particularly inspiring for kids visiting this exhibition.
Some of the categories of photographs include: birds, mammals, the underwater world, animal portraits, urban wildlife, black and white photos and creative visions of nature.
There is a story that goes with each of these amazing photos that is well worth reading.
There are 100 powerful images from around the world.
This year's winner is Greg du Toit, from South Africa. His is a stunning photo of elephants at a waterhole.
Essence of elephants". Overall winner of the "Wildlife Photographer of the Year". Photo by Greg du Toit/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013.
The winner of Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year is 14 year old Udayan Rao Pawar who camped on the banks of the Chambal River in India to capture this shot of gharial crocodiles that he called Mother's little headful.
Mother's little headful, Udayan Rao Pawar (India) – Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013
The competition received almost 43,000 entries from across 96 countries.
This is a touring exhibition and will be in the following places:
13 June to 9 August 2014 - Newcastle Region Library, Newcastle, New South Wales. Free event details here
30 August to 26 October 2014 - Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania