The Natural History Museum in London reminds me that this year’s great Veolia Environment Wildlife photography exhibition is coming to an end. These telling and important pictures are on show for just a few more weeks before going on tour.
Here are two photographs depicting the damage being wreaked on wildlife in our throwaway lifestyle.
Turtle in Trouble by Jordi Chias Pujol from Spain.
Jordi came across this desperate scene when sailing between Barcelona and the Balearic Islands, hoping to photograph dolphins. 'I spotted the abandoned net drifting along the surface,' says Jordi. As he dived down to investigate, he could see the loggerhead turtle tangled up in the netting. 'The poor creature must have been trapped for some days, it was so badly knotted up.' Though it could just reach the surface to breathe by extending its neck, it was still sentenced to a long, cruel death. 'I felt as though it were looking at me for help as it tried to bite through the netting.' Jordi released it, allowing one individual a second chance. Given that all species of sea turtles are endangered, they need all the help they can get.
The Museum are now looking for entrants for the 2011 competition.