Wild Wonders of Europe

by Inga Yandell

On 22 May 2012, The United Nations International Day for Biological Diversity, the next Wild Wonders of Europe outdoor exhibition will open in Berlin.

If your passion is photography or you simply delight in the visual beauty of nature – then you won’t want to miss this ‘free’ outdoor exhibition comprising of 100 spectacular and unforgettable European nature photographs.

The Wild Wonders of Europe team asked 69 of Europe’s best nature and animal photographers to travel the continent: 135 assignments in all 48 countries of Europe reflect the natural wonders of the continent.

The goal of the exhibition is to raise the visitors’ awareness of the value and the delicate balance of nature. Informative captions and topical documentation on biological diversity will complement the exhibition and Federal Environment Ministry staff will answer questions in an information pavilion.

Made possible by The Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit), the Wild Wonders of Europe exhibition will form the central part of the city’s official UN decade of Biodiversity celebrations.

This year’s crucially important UN theme is Marine Biodiversity. In line with that, the exhibition contains many fabulous marine images by some of Europe’s leading underwater photographers (a selection of these images to feature in the book ‘Wild Waters of Europe’ published later in the year).

A special selection of images from Berlin’s impressive urban biodiversity and of Germany’s UNESCO World Heritage Beech Forests will also be on display.

Along with a captivating image of wild boar in central Berlin (link: image 10) taken by photographer and Wild Wonders of Europe Director, Florian Möllers – who was recently awarded the position of Biodiversity Ambassador for the UN Decade of Biodiversity for Germany.

His own much acclaimed exhibition “Biopolis-Wild Berlin” will be on show at Berlin’s Natural History Museum (the Museum für Naturkunde ) 8 Nov 2011 – July 31st 2012.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by The German Minister for Environment, Norbert Röttgen, at Washingtonplatz, right in front of the Hauptbahnhof, Europe’s largest central station and close to the Reichstag and Kanzleramt.

It will remain on display until 27 July 2012.

The exhibition is open 24 hrs a day, with free admission to all!

The Wild Wonders of Europe Outdoor Exhibition will be on tour throughout Europe and beyond until 2013 – check the website for details.

Whilst the exhibit is great for locals or tourists visiting Berlin at this time of year – everyone can enjoy the diversity of nature with the free ‘Wild Friends’ App.

Designed for families, nature lovers, photographers or explorers, Wild Friends provides exciting content, updated daily, delivered as Visual Stories.

Whether you’re looking for adventurous up-close nature photography or just some relaxing wallpaper for your desktop or iOS device, Wild Friends delivers.

You can download the App here!

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Inga Yandell
Explorer and photo-journalist, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide educational resources and a platform for science exploration.
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