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12.03.15

Hellabrunn Zoo launches photography exhibition "Biodiversity Clicks"

Hellabrunn Zoo launches a new exhibition on biodiversity from 13 March - 26 April 2015 in the Species Conservation Center. The exhibition will feature winning images from the competition "Biodiversity Clicks", which focuses on the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity.?

Copyright: Stefan Arendt

 

The theme “species and biodiversity” comes to life in a series of prize-winning pictures. According to the new permanent exhibition the Species Conservation Center features 70 winning images awarded in the photography competitions Biodiversity Clicks 2012 and 2013. The photography on display explores the beauty and significance of biodiversity in our own environment and invites visitors to take time to reflect on a more sustainable partnership with nature. The exhibition is free of charge to all visitors to the zoo.

The pictures from the 2012 competition focus on the beauty of nature in Germany and feature atmospheric landscape photography, macro views of insects and plants as well as unique images of bird life.

Zoo director Rasem Baban is particularly impressed by the pictures from the 2013 series: "The pictures show the profound - and often catastrophic - effects our use of natural resources and the growing population can have on nature as well as the ways in which man interacts with nature. On the other hand, the images are a message of hope: They bring to light what is needed to help nature reclaim lost spaces".

The photography exhibition is part of the activities of the UN Decade on Biodiversity, which was declared by the United Nations General Assembly for the period 2011-2020. The aim is to halt biodiversity loss worldwide. Biodiversity is everything that contributes to the diversity of living nature: animals, plants, fungi and micro-organisms, their interactions with each other and the environment as well as genetic diversity within species and habitat diversity. Protecting nature's diversity not only preserves the beauty of nature, it also ensures the basis for survival for all of us.