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October
Photography exhibition showcases beauty of nature

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year, an exhibition of some 200 photographs capturing the wonder and variety of life, will run from tomorrow (October 10) until December 10 at the Special Exhibition Hall of the Hong Kong Science Museum.

Speaking at today's (October 9) opening ceremony, the Assistant Director (Heritage and Museums) of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Chung Ling-hoi, said the exhibition fostered a better understanding of the survival characteristics of wild animals and the importance of environmental protection.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year, an annual presentation by the Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, showcases the winning entries of the internationally renowned BG Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. This competition, co-presented by the Natural History Museum and the BBC Wildlife Magazine since 1964, attracts thousands of amateur and professional photographers from more than 60 countries to participate, and receives over 19,000 entries. The exhibition of winning entries has visited over 38 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia.

The exhibition staged in Hong Kong features about 200 images from the 2001 and 2002 competitions. These include images of both land and ocean wildlife, dense forests and colourful plants. The photographs are displayed with notes explaining the inspiration behind the shots.

The images reflect not only the photographers' skills, but also their passion for nature.

The exhibition is divided into eight categories, covering a range of wildlife photography.

The Science Museum is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon. It is open from 1pm to 9pm from Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 9pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays). Admission is $25 with a half-price concession for full-time students, people with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

For enquiries, please call 2732 3232 or visit the Science Museum's website at http://hk.science.museum.

End/Thursday, October 9, 2003

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