From May 21 to July 3, the Museum of Natural History will host the photo exhibition “Mans putns 2022” (My Bird 2022). The exhibition brings together a selection of works submitted to the Museum's traditional photo competition, which turns 21 this year.
This year 43 participants took part in the competition with 116 photographs. Although there were fewer participants than in other years, the competition was fierce. The jury praised the photographers for their observation and care, and was particularly pleased with the great variety of species captured “on film”.
The exhibition features birds photographed in the wild in Latvia. The personalities and interests of the photographers are clearly evident in their work – for some it is a “hunt” for a rare species, for others it is a form of artistic expression as they create an aesthetic composition, while for yet others it may simply be a way to document the joy of observing the ornithofauna near their home. Dmitrijs Boiko, ornithologist at the Museum and curator of the competition and exhibition, says: "This year, the surprise was that there are few pictures of birds found in cities – hooded crows, house sparrows, mute swans, etc. – however, there are a lot of pictures of wading birds. One species – the little bittern – is extremely interesting; I have heard its call myself, but I have not observed it in nature. This makes the submission special, as the little bittern is very difficult to spot and photograph."
Exhibited are 70 photographs with one piece representing each contestant. Alongside photograhps stuffed birds from the Museum's zoological collections are showcased, presenting special selectin of birds of prey and owls.
Monday - closed
Tuesday - closed
Admission with museum tickets:
Adults – 3,50 €
Seniors, students – 2,50 €*
Pupils – 1,50 €*
* ID required (student card, senior card etc.)
Free admission – in accordance with the Latvian National Museum of Natural History service fees list, with invitations.