Stunning snapshots of the natural world will go on display to the people of Leeds from February 1.
The new two-part exhibition at Leeds City Museum features a series of spectacular images taken by professional photographer Sara Porter.
Running until the summer, the Natural Beauty exhibition is made up of more than 60 high-resolution images of objects found in the Leeds museums and galleries natural history collection.
The photographer was given exclusive access to more than 800,000 objects including a selection of eggs, insects, taxidermy and skulls.
Leeds City Museum curator of exhibitions Helen Langwick said: “Natural Beauty is in two parts, with the first part showing off our fantastic collections through Sara Porter’s stunning images. Sara has done a brilliant job – I think people will be amazed when they see the photos and how cleverly they are presented. This exhibition is a fusion of natural science and art.”
Natural Beauty will also include photography masterclasses and workshops.
It will also act as the launch for the second part of the exhibition, a wildlife photography competition for budding snappers where the leading images will be shown as the second half of Natural Beauty next year.
The competition is open to all ages with winners and runners-up to be selected for those 15 and under and 16 and over in seven categories: Beautiful Yorkshire, Leeds Wildlife, Wild Yorkshire, Animal Behaviour, British Wildlife, World Wildlife and Beautiful Botany.
Prizes will include camera equipment, vouchers and having an image of their choice produced as a high-quality print or canvas.
Full details of the competition along with application forms can be downloaded from: www.leeds.gov.uk/naturalbeauty, with entries opening on Friday, February 1 and closing on Friday, September 27.
To find out more about Natural Beauty visit the webpage at: www.leeds.gov.uk/naturalbeauty