WASHINGTON (Oct. 4, 2011)—National Geographic Museum is the venue of two new photography exhibits this fall, each focusing on wildlife photography and conservation. “Big Cats, Vanishing Icons,” on display in the outdoor portico light boxes at 1145 17th Street, N.W., from now through April 2012, showcases photographs of eight different species of big cats. “Ocean Soul, Photographs by Brian Skerry,” exhibited in the M Street gallery from Oct. 5, 2011, to Feb. 12, 2012, features underwater photography from oceans around the world. Both photography exhibitions are free.
“Big Cats, Vanishing Icons” celebrates the majesty of the world’s big cats while also bringing attention to the issues they face. The exhibit, featuring 41 stunning photographs of lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards and mountain lions, was created in conjunction with National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative. This initiative, spearheaded by National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert, is a grant program supporting education, development and scientific projects focused on the conservation of the world’s big cats.
“Ocean Soul, Photographs by Brian Skerry” will showcase 50 of Skerry’s beautiful underwater images from more than 30 years of working in the field. The exhibition, based on Skerry’s book “Ocean Soul” (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-0816-4; on-sale date: Nov. 15, 2011; $50 hardcover), features photographs from different types of watery habitats across the globe: pristine, cool, cold and warm. The exhibition will also include slide shows with Skerry recounting his experiences photographing right whales, harp seals, sharks and leatherback turtles. Through his photography, Skerry aims to raise awareness of the plight of the world’s oceans and how we can work to save them.
Brian Skerry will give an illustrated talk, “Ocean Soul,” on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m., as part of the National Geographic Live “Masters of Photography” series. For more information on the lecture, the public should call (202) 857-7700 or visit www.nglive.org.
The National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is closed Dec. 25. For more information on the exhibition, the public should call (202) 857-7588 or visit www.ngmuseum.org.