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05.12.14

Polar Bear World: Norbert Rosing exhibition at Hellabrunn Zoo

The Polar Bear World Photo Exhibition opened at Hellabrunn Zoo on 5 December. The special show, which takes places in the Species Conservation Center of the zoo, features the work of acclaimed wildlife photographer Norbert Rosing. The new exhibition comprises 30 of Rosing's finest pictures and takes visitors to the zoo on a journey into 'Polar Bear World'.

Nobby and Nela play with their mother Giovanna at Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich, May 2014

Copyright Norbert Rosing

Norbert Rosing on Spitsbergen, June 2014.

Copyright Norbert Rosing

Two male polar bears play fighting. Ice and snow crystals flying against the light. Churchill, Canada

Copyright Norbert Rosing

Northern lights over an igloo in the Canadian tundra. Churchill, Canada

Copyright Norbert Rosing

Copyright Hellabrunn/Marc Müller

Copyright Hellabrunn/Marc Müller

Rosing has specialised in photographing the largest living land predator on the planet and its home in the Arctic for over twenty years. His fascination with polar bears takes him to various Arctic countries several times a year, always in search of the great white in their natural habitat. His images have been published in magazines such as National Geographic, GEO and BBC Wildlife as well as in photobooks. In 2011, the British magazine Outdoor Photography voted him one of the forty most influential wildlife photographers.

"The UN has declared 2011-2020 the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, and Norbert Rosing is one of its German Ambassadors," said zoo director Rasem Baban at the opening of the exhibition. "He has helped raise public awareness on environmental issues such as biodiversity, allowing us to better understand how all life on our planet is interconnected and interdependent. We need to understand how the polar bear in the Arctic Circle influences our lives here in Germany, and vice versa. In this respect, the polar bears in Rosing's pictures are ambassadors of biodiversity - just like our polar bears here in Hellabrunn are ambassadors for their wild relatives in the far north. Biodiversity is therefore an issue that is of increasingly relevance for our work in Hellabrunn."

Rosing’s pictures are captured mainly with an analogue camera. He does not use any form of digital imaging. The Polar Bear World Photo Exhibition in the Species Conservation Center at Hellabrunn Zoo is presented in collaboration with the CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA, Oldenburg. It runs until 22 February 2015 and is open to the public during normal opening hours, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm daily.

In March 2014, Norbert Rosing was appointed godfather to our polar bear cub Nobby. His twin sister Nela's godfather is the Munich entrepreneur Emanuel Clemm.