Snapshot of wildlife through the lens

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Majestic lions on the plains of Africa, breathtaking Yorkshire landscapes and a humble robin in the parks of Leeds.

These are just a snapshot of some of the striking images photographers have captured on film as part of a new exhibition in Leeds.

Leeds City Museum curator Ruth Leach at the launch of Natural Beauty 2 exhibit. Picture James Hardisty

Leeds City Museum curator Ruth Leach at the launch of Natural Beauty 2 exhibit. Picture James Hardisty

Around 100 spectacular photographs are being showcased in Leeds City Museum as part of the new Natural Beauty 2 exhibit.

Photographers of all ages and abilities were invited to pick up their cameras and take a snapshot of wildlife through the lens after the competition was launched last summer.

And Christine Lamont’s shot of an ant during a bug hunt scooped the top prize at the exhibit’s opening last night.

Curator Ruth Leach said: “It really shows you don’t have to go around the world or have the most expensive equipment to take great photography.

“We all have cameras or have access to one and by coming down to the exhibition it might inspire you to use them a bit differently.”

Divided into seven categories, the competition which attracted over 1000 entries was judged by a panel which included professional photographer Sara Porter, and the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for leisure and skills said: “The response that we received from the public to the competition was really amazing, and it has been an extremely difficult task for our judges to decide which pictures should feature in the exhibition.

“This is a great opportunity at Leeds City Museum to see the fantastic photographic talent of all ages that exists in our city and wider region.”

Professional photographer and judge Sara Porter added: “It has been wonderful to have had the opportunity see so many fantastic images of nature not just in Yorkshire but also covering the UK and beyond.

“There have been some truly talented entries.”

* Readers are being urged to send their creative wildlife shots to feature in the YEP. Send your images to

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