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Wildlife Photography Holiday In Cambridge

Jason Smith

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As a keen amateur wildlife photographer I am always on the look out for picturesque towns and villages throughout the UK I can visit so I can capture the beauty of those places thought the eye of my lens. As the recession has bitten us all hard in the UK I have had to forego my trips to exotic lands abroad and settle for the green green pastures of home instead.

So I decided to be to take a week off and become a tourist in my own city and try to see all the things in Cambridge I seem to ignore and take for granted. Those things that make the tourists flood to our city every year. I also wanted to document the city in a series of photographs for my portfolio. I wasn’t disappointed as the city of Cambridge is just magnificent. From a visual perspective the city is just ore-inspiring for a photographer like me with ample opportunities for visual inspiration everywhere you look.

Cambridge itself is well known as the home of the University of Cambridge, one of the world’s most exclusive universities. The views from the university grounds are picture perfect and include the renowned Cavendish Laboratory, King’s College Chapel, and the Cambridge University Library. Many of the magnificent buildings in Cambridge are also affiliated to the University of Cambridge, including King’s College and Magdalene College. Colleges such as Trinity College and St John’s College.

But the fun does not stop there, after visiting the university I then went to the Local Nature Reserves in Cambridge. These gorgeous reserves help to protect some of the best wildlife habitats and geographical features across the City. They also make an important contribution to the UK’s biodiversity. The wildlife they have there are a photographs dream. By trade I’m a wedding photographer, but this was an opportunity to express my keen appetite to get more into wildlife photography.

My trip was made even better when I found out that the university was hosting the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 exhibition during its UK tour. As a fan of this the annual photography competition which is run by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine. The exhibition was free and featured 97 images at the Zoology Museum.

I was really looking forward to this exhibition and I wasn’t disappointed. A great collection of work by amateur and professional photographers from all around the world. These photographs encompass everything that is beautiful about our natural world, from a tiny ant drinking a raindrop to an enormous whale which was feeding and could have swallowed the photographer whole.

It is an inspiring visual spectacle of what can be achieved with a camera and a creative mind and of course occasionally sheer luck. I was honoured to have this chance to see these breath-taking and spell-binding photographs up close.

I don’t think wildlife photography skills aren’t of that standard yet but I hope my new portfolio of Cambridge is enjoyed by my family and friends. I’m thinking of calling the series of photos I have taken of Cambridge “Cambridge in colour” or “The lost world of Cambridge”. Maybe next year I will be the proud owner of one of the pictures which are featured in the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010. Fingers crossed!!

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