World class photos shown at Pavilion

Furry friend: Tiny Warm'Up by Cyril Ruoso (France)
Furry friend: Tiny Warm'Up by Cyril Ruoso (France)
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A prestigious international photography competition is coming to a Dales venue for the first time in its 47 year history.

The Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is to be held at the newly reopened Grand Pavilion, in Matlock Bath.

The renowned exhibition of the best wildlife photographs in the world will be on display from July 14 to September 2.

Visitors will see an astonishing range of beautiful wildlife, landscape and seascape images, and also get a glimpse of the extraordinary lengths to which dedicated wildlife photographers will go to get their shots.

Every year a panel of respected wildlife experts and nature photographers select the best 100 photos from aspiring amateurs and professional photographers from all corners of the earth. This year there were over 40,000 entries, including photographers as young as nine.

The arrival of such a prestigious touring exhibition is a coup for the Grand Pavilion, where a group of dedicated local campaigners have taken on the lease of this 100 year old former pleasure palace and are fundraising in order to restore it as a theatre and arts venue.

Chairman Gregor MacGregor said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Crane Gregory Projects, to bring this exhibition to the Grand Pavilion.

“We know that people from all over the East Midlands will flock to see these stunning photographs, and show their support for our ambitious redevelopment project at the same time.”

The plan to bring the exhibition to Derbyshire is the brainchild of Holloway resident Helen Crane, who is director of an East Midlands social enterprise, Crane Gregory Projects Ltd.

She said: “I saw that by financing and organising this exhibition we could give local charities, businesses and community enterprises a way to raise the profile of the area, to attract more visitors and develop their own organisations.”

The exhibition is open daily from 10.30am and 4.30pm.

Admission for a family is just £10. Further information is available by visiting the Pavilion’s website, www.thegrandpavilion.co.uk