Top photography exhibition at the Pav

The British Wildlife Photography Awards (2011) touring exhibition is now on at the Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath, and will run through the summer until Sunday, September 1.

Among the work featured in the exhibition is that of photographer Andy Parkinson, who lives in Crich, one of the winners in this national competition.

He said: “It is great that this exhibition is here in Derbyshire. This is one of the most beautiful areas in the country, with fantastic wealth and diversity of wildlife. It’s the place I specifically decided to move to forge my career as a wildlife photographer.

“I have three pictures in the exhibition, which were taken just a few miles away from Matlock Bath. The exhibition will be good for the local economy and for local people to see the wealth of wildlife in British Isles.

“The British Wildlife Photography Awards is the national competition where wildlife photographers test themselves against their peers. It is one of the most prestigious events in the wildlife photographers’ calendar. And what is really great is it is inclusive – amateurs enter alongside professionals.

“The great thing about the digital revolution is many people now have excellent kit. Part of the joy of wildlife photography is being in the right place at the right time.

“Nature can suddenly, unexpectedly deliver a moment of great beauty and it is up to the photographer to capture it. I would really encourage everyone to come and see the exhibition – and if you are inspired, have a go yourself!”

This will be the second major exhibition that local social enterprise Crane Gregory Projects has financed and brought to the Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath. The exhibition is open daily from 10.30am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm).

Admission is £5 for adults and £12.50 for a family. The reduced rate Earlybird ticket is £3.50 (entry before 11am Monday–Fridays) and it is £2.50 for children and students. Under five get in free. go free

For more, go to www.thegrandpavilion.co.uk