Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Auckland Museum

Have you been to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the museum yet?

Curiosity and the Cat, © Hannes Lochner (South Africa). Image: Auckland Museum
Curiosity and the Cat, © Hannes Lochner (South Africa). Image: Auckland Museum

If you haven’t, make sure you get down there this weekend. It’s the last weekend and it’s really phenomenal – you won’t regret it, trust me.

I went last weekend as a spur-of-the-moment thing – my flatmate asked if I’d like to join her and a friend who were going, and I decided I would rather! I’d seen the ads all over town, of course, and was keen to go, but somehow that didn’t translate into action. Between the end of April and now, when it’s been on. Must try harder, Hayley.

Being in the museum again was amazing. I hadn’t been there for years and I love it so so much. I’ll have to write more about my history with the museum at a later date. It and I go way way back, and it was top of my ‘most desirable properties in Auckland’ list for a very long time (it still is a little bit, even though I’ve mostly been convinced that it’s not for sale, and if it were I couldn’t afford to heat it).

And the exhibition was – as I said – absolutely phenomenal! I was excited to go but definitely not expecting to be as impressed as I was. I see so many photos, all day every day, that I tend to forget that there is a whole other level of photography going on. When everyone has a camera with them all the time there’s almost a type of devaluation of photography that happens, and while the meritocracy of this is a good thing – I’m a big believer in meritocracy – I do think it’s important to remind oneself that photography is so much more than that.

If you’re in Auckland, use the next few days to remind yourself of this very fact and head over to the museum! The exhibition is 100% free if you’re an Auckland resident (take proof; my library card was sufficient), as is the whole museum, for that matter. Which is also pretty amazing, isn’t it?

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