Hawes, 25 January 2017

Visitors to the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes have the chance to cast their eye over a new exhibition featuring the stunning photography of David Higgins and Gary Lawson, inspired by the landscape and wildlife of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and other protected areas.

“Exploration of Land and Nature” will run from1 February to 2 April 2017.

David Higgins travels extensively in pursuit of wildlife photography and has visited 25 African countries, islands in the North and South Atlantic, Borneo and Patagonia. He's a winner and runner up in several competitions, most recently winner of the St Helena Photography Competition and shortlisted in the Outdoor Photographer of the Year Award 2015 and 2016, The IUCN Oceans Award 2016, British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016 and the ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2016. One of his images is in the BBC Countryfile Calendar 2017.

Gary Lawson is a professional photographer with a keen eye for composition coupled with an in-depth knowledge of the technical aspects of photography. He creates wonderful images that draw you in and tell stories. His professional photography ranges from portraiture to weddings to commercial photography but his passion has always been capturing the outdoor world. Gary is based in Ripon and has an extensive library of images from Cumbria, Yorkshire and Scotland.

Museum Manager, Fiona Rosher, said: “We’re delighted to be featuring the work of two amazing photographers in our first exhibition of the year. David and Gary capture the breadth of wildlife and landscape in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Also included are stunning images of wildlife from other protected areas across the world. They each have a very individual approach and there are some truly spectacular images.”

The Dales Countryside Museum is owned by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. Entry charges are £4.50 for adults and £4 for concessions while children visit free.  An annual pass costs £9 and enables visitors to drop in as many times as they like all year round.

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