The prestigious title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 has been awarded to South African photographer Greg du Toit for his image ‘Essence of Elephants’, a mysterious and energetic portrait of African elephants in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana.

Greg du Toit spent 10 years on the quest for a perfect portrait of an elephant herd and preparation, passion and luck combined to help him secure this winning image. ‘My goal was to throw caution to the wind,’ says Greg, ‘to abandon conventional photographic practices in an attempt to capture a unique elephant portrait. This image hints at the special energy I feel when I am with elephants.’

Chair of the judging panel, accomplished wildlife photographer Jim Brandenburg says: ‘Greg’s image immediately catapults us to African plains. This image stood out for both its technical excellence and the unique moment it captures – it is truly a once in a lifetime shot.’

Fourteen-year-old photographer Udayan Rao Pawar has been recognised as Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 for his image ‘Mother’s little Headful’. This presents an arresting scene of gharial crocodiles on the banks of the Chambal River in Madhya Pradesh, India, an area increasingly under threat from illegal sand mining and fishing.

As always the competition has been extremely popular seeing almost 43,000 entries from an incredible 96 countries with prizes for a total of eighteen individual photographic categories.  The winning and shortlisted entries come together to produce the highly acclaimed show at the Natural History Museum, celebrating the rich array of life on our planet, reflecting its beauty as well as highlighting its fragility.

Metro is delighted to have once again produced all the Duratran prints for the exhibition at the Natural History Museum as well as the extra sets of for the touring exhibitions which will start in 2014, covering much of the UK as well as Europe, Canada and Australia to be enjoyed by millions of people across the world.

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Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD
Visitor enquiries: 020 7942 5000

Exhibition dates: 18 October 2013 – 23 March 2014,
Opening times: 10:00am –5.50pm (last admission 5.15pm)

Admission: Adult £12, child and concession £6, family (up to two adults and three children) £33
Free for Members, Patrons and children under four

Images ©
Essence of Elephants – Greg du Toit (South Africa)
The Cauldron – Sergey Gorshkov (Russia)
The Water Bear – Paul Souders (USA)

Metro is delighted to have produced ten large-scale Lightjet prints for Australian born photographer David Standish, one of three photographers featured in the Paloma Faith art exhibition opening in London later this month.

Paloma Faith, along with Album Artists, have curated an art exhibition which comprises of a selection of her album artwork and the iconic imagery which has been produced since her debut album in 2009. The exhibition features stunning, limited edition and critically acclaimed images by photographers David Standish and Finlay Mackay, and live photography by Saul.

Paloma is renowned for her striking and unmistakeable image and has rapidly been elevated into a style icon. She has been steering the creative direction of her promotional images from the start of her career. Couture, custom made clothing, dazzling hair and makeup have all been captured in photo form for public display and have become some of the most dramatic and celebrated album art images available to own.

The images on show include posters, limited edition high quality prints, signed by both Paloma and the photographer, and very limited, large beautifully printed and framed photographs, also signed by Paloma and the photographer.

Paloma said “I am thrilled to be able to exhibit these artworks. The photographers involved are all amazing and I am so proud to have worked with them. In an age where we are all downloading music, it’s wonderful to be able to appreciate fully the work that goes into creating the beautiful imagery surrounding an album”

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The Gallery, 50 Redchurch Street, London, E2

28th November – 1st December 2013, 10am – 8pm daily

Exhibition Date: 28th November – 1st December 2013
Opening times: 10:00am-8:00pm daily

Admission to the exhibition is free

Images © David Standish
Last image © Finlay Mackay

Metro is delighted to be producing work for celebrated British photographer Tom Hunter’s latest exhibition ‘Axis Mundi’ which opens at Purdy Hicks Gallery, London later this month.

‘Axis Mundi’ is a remarkable series of images in which Hunter has captured the landscape of the areas surrounding his childhood home, remote areas of South West England which contain fascinating ancient stones and megalithic architecture, and has explored the connection with the landscape that they inhabit.

Hunter explains,  “Creating Axis Mundi has led me on a pilgrimage through the landscape of our past.”
He continues, “The sites, which were built from as long ago as 3,000BC, have no documentation from their creators to illuminate their functions or meanings, so hover in our imaginations as places of magic and mystery. From this, local folk tales have become part of the language that connects the people with the stones.”

“One thing is certain whilst visiting these sites: the stones have a powerful presence and a gravity all of their own. In some ways the stones not only become monuments and shrines, but statues in their own right.”

Metro processed the 5”x 4” E6 film Hunter used for this project, our expert technicians then scanned and worked the images up to 37”x29″ supergloss prints ready for our finishing and framing team.

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Purdy Hicks Gallery, 65 Hopton Street, Bankside, London SE1 9GZ

Exhibition Dates: 21st Nov 2013 – 18th Jan 2014
Opening times:
Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 6:00pm

Admission to the exhibition is free

Images © Tom Hunter