A First For Cumbria - Immersive Light Box Exhibition Arrives In The Rheged Gallery

This Summer, Rheged are delighted to host the world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition. The 100 striking images, supported by films and interviews with photographers, are displayed in large light boxes which is a first for Cumbria. On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, the Exhibition is now open daily until 3 September. 

Head of Programming, Claire Logan-Stephens said “We have already been overwhelmed by the amazing customer feedback that this immersive exhibition has received. Visitors really value the fact that this light box version of the exhibition is available in the North, that it’s at an affordable price and they don’t have to travel to London to see it. Visitors are also particularly impressed with the standard of entries from the Young Photographers this year. We have added a number of children’s activities to the exhibition, to ensure its accessible to all and an experience that the whole family can enjoy over the Summer” 

This exhibition captures fascinating animal behaviour from a wren with its ear to the ground, listening for approaching insects to a seal swimming under an iceberg. Using photography's unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, this exhibition shines a light on the breathtaking species from around the world as well as challenging our thinking about the future of the planet – in a way only photography with well written captions can do. 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography competition of its kind, providing a global platform which has showcased some of the best photography talent from around the world for the last 55 years. This year's competition saw 39,000 entries from 93 countries. An international panel of industry experts judged every entry anonymously on its creativity, originality, and technical excellence. The winning images, including the prestigious Grand Title Award winners, were announced on 11 October 2022 during a glittering awards show hosted by wildlife presenter and conservationist Chris Packham.

The 19 category winners, a selection of highly commended entries, the People's Choice award and Grand Title winners, are all displayed in the exhibition at Rheged. 

Dr Doug Gurr, Director of the Natural History Museum says, 'the 100 photographs encourage curiosity, connection and wonder. These inspiring images convey human impact on the natural world in a way that words cannot – from the urgency of declining biodiversity to the inspiring bounce back of a protected species.’ 

Open every day until 3 September, the Gallery team had developed activities for children of all ages, including mask-making and an activity challenge sheet.

Dates and times: Open now until Sunday 3rd Sept. Open daily from 10am till 5:30pm. Last entry at 4:45pm 

To book tickets: Book online at https://rheged.com/gallery/ or at the Gallery Desk Prices from: Adult £5 | Child £2 | Family of 4 ticket £12| under 5’s go free Visitor Enquiries: 01768 868000

Polar bear in a window
Image credit: Dmitry Kokh