While I was working with the Wildlife Photographer of the Year team at the Natural History last Autumn, I got to have a REALLY FUN TIME hanging out with the worlds most talented, lovely and interesting bunch of young photographers.

 

WPY Academy, Natural History Museum London

 

They all got to go on an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Natural History Museum. Pre-tty amazing. They had fun learning getting up close to specimens in the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity, and photographing things in jars in the museum’s Spirit Collection. Can you imagine anything cooler? No you can not.

 

WPY Academy, Natural History Museum London

 

And I followed them around, answered questions for them and took photographs. Mostly I had the best time ever.

 

WPY Academy, Natural History Museum London

 

WPY Academy, Natural History Museum London

 

Did you know you can go on a tour of the Spirit Collection at the Natural History Museum? Because you can. And you should. A huge room full of things in jars – and Darwin’s pet tortoise! (Details are here – It is not to be missed!)

 

WPY Academy, Natural History Museum London

 

WPY Academy, Natural History Museum London

 

WPY Academy, Natural History Museum London

 

WPY Academy, Natural History Museum London

 

The Angela Marmonth Centre for UK Biodiversity is the part of the Museum you talk to when you think you find a mummy in your wall but its actually a dead squirrel. Or when you think you have an exotic spider but its just a twig. They are awesome and have loads of good things – mostly this hedgehog.

 

WPY Academy, Natural History Museum London

 

I love him.

 

WPY Academy, Natural History Museum London

 

WPY Academy, Natural History Museum London

 

FYI – it is really hard to take a photograph of a bee with your phone through a microscope. I was rubbish at this task.

 

WPY Academy, Natural History Museum London

 

WPY Academy, Natural History Museum London

 

WPY Academy, Natural History Museum London

 

I spent a lot of time looking at butterflies.

 

 

WPY Academy, Natural History Museum London

 

You can see more from my time with the stars of the WPY Academy in my Portfolio.

 

WPY Academy, Natural History Museum London

 

Read more about the WPY Academy on the WPY Blog, and check out the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition if you haven’t already!

 

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