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The world’s best wildlife photography reveals a fragile, beautiful realm

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From a leopard slipping through a Mumbai alleyway to giant cuttlefish courting under the sea, the striking images featured in the current Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition are at once beautiful, technically astounding and, often, incredibly moving.

Before the widening rupture between humans and nature, creating images of animals was of the utmost importance: animals were among the first subject matter for painting. 

In his essay Why Look at Animals, the late and renowned art critic John Berger argues that animals “first entered the imagination as messengers and promises.” Wildlife photography joins in this ancient representative tradition, giving new life to animals as symbols and storytellers for the natural world. Read more…

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