Wildlife captured on film arrives at Moors Valley Country Park

An exhibition of stunning shots from the world’s most prestigious wildlife photography competition, Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009, has just opened at Moors Valley Country Park, in Ashley Heath near Ringwood.

Rangers at the Park are hoping that this arrival will encourage local photographers to visit, view the exhibition and be inspired to spend some time with their cameras capturing the Park’s own rich and varied wildlife.

Owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, the annual competition is the most prestigious of its kind and this year is proudly sponsored by Veolia Environnement, the parent company of Veolia Environmental Services which operates waste management services across Hampshire, including the landfill site at Verwood.

Ben Slater, Regional Managing Director for Veolia Environmental Services in Hampshire says: "Working locally with communities and council authorities, Veolia aims to minimise our daily impact on the environment. It’s our privilege to sponsor a competition that features the world’s best wildlife photography and puts into clear focus the beauty and richness of nature which we all have a communal responsibility to protect."

This year, visitors can take their inspiration from one local entrant whose award-winning image will be on display at Moors Valley for the first time. Winchester-based Paul Sansome’s image of Terns in a Dive Queue was selected from over 43,000 entries from 94 countries to receive a Highly Commended award. His image joins all the winning, runner-up and commended photographs in a stunning visual display that opened at Moors Valley on 23 January before touring the UK.

Entry to the exhibition is free, although car parking charges will apply. Visit www.moors-valley.co.uk for more information. The Country Park’s Visitor Centre is open from 9.00 am until 4.30 pm.

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Veolia Environmental Services:
Keely Gallagher
0203 567 2918 or 07887 942 754
Keely.Gallagher@veolia.com   
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