A WORLD-RENOWNED exhibition showcasing incredible photographs of the natural world is on loan to The Base, in Greenham.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year 59 has been loaned from the Natural History Museum in London to The Base, featuring exceptional images capturing fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world.

Using photography's unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, the images, which will be on display until Sunday, April 14, shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourage a future of advocating for the planet.

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Basingstoke Gazette: Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases some of the best photography talent from around the world for nearly 60 years.

Launched in 1965, today the competition receives entries from 95 countries all over the world, highlighting its enduring appeal.

This year’s award-winning images will embark on an international tour that will allow them to be seen by well over a million people and The Base, near Newbury, is one of those venues.

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The Base has programmed a range of workshops and courses for all ages to enjoy, inspired by the exhibition.

Basingstoke Gazette: Wildlife Photographer of the YearThis includes an clay animal workshop on March 16 for young people, a collage creatures workshop on March 17 and 24 and a screen print a wildlife tote on March 28.

Families are always welcome to visit the gallery but the venue’s Songs & Stories in the Gallery sessions on March 14 and April 6, are perfect for those with little ones under-18 months to enjoy 30 minutes of stories and nursery rhymes inspired by the photography on the walls and then a chance to wander and explore with other families.

There is also a Relaxed Day on April 11, where there will be reduced numbers admitted into the gallery and extra staff will be on hand to offer support to those with additional needs.

Basingstoke Gazette: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

This year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition attracted an astounding 49,957 entries from photographers of all ages and experience levels from 95 countries. During an intense week at the Natural History Museum in London, entries were judged anonymously on their creativity, originality, and technical excellence by an international panel of industry experts.

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Dr Doug Gurr, director of the Natural History Museum, said: “We are facing urgent biodiversity and climate crises, and photography is a powerful catalyst for change. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition reveals some of nature’s most wondrous sights whilst offering hope and achievable actions visitors can take to help protect the natural world.”

The Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year 59 will be at The Base, Greenham, until Sunday, April 14.

To book tickets to the exhibition and workshops, or for more information, visit thebasegreenham.co.uk or call 01635 522733.