Film and photography events at this year’s Festival of Nature

23rd May 2022

Are you interested in wildlife film, television and photography? Then some of the events taking place during this year's Festival of Nature will definitely grab your interest! Take a look...

Capturing Ecology: Digital Wildlife Photography Exhibition [ONLINE]

When: Friday 10 - Saturday 18 June

Where: Online

Capturing Ecology is the British Ecological Society’s annual photography competition for members, which showcases the incredible talent of our global ecological community. Be transported into a fully explorable 3D virtual gallery displaying the most exciting wildlife photography, taken by the ecologists who work to understand and protect our planet.

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Wildlife at St George's: An outdoor photo trail

When: Sunday 12 June - Saturday 18 June

Where: St George's, Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5RR

Discover the world of wildlife that inhabits the gardens of St George’s Bristol in an outdoor picture trail that winds through this peaceful urban paradise.

Produced by the Nature Picture Library in partnership with St George's Bristol, the trail comprises animal photos discreetly tucked away in different locations around the venue’s grounds.

Pick up an information sheet from St George’s about the animals, and enjoy a fun and informative tour of some familiar and some less well known city-dwelling species.

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Behind-the-scenes with BBC's The Green Planet

When: Saturday 11 June 1 - 2pm

Where: Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Join Paul Williams, Producer and Director of BBC Studio’s recent production ‘The Green Planet’ for a behind the scenes look at the making of the series, the power of plants, and what it is like to work with Sir David Attenborough.

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Nature Content Creators Evening

When: Monday 13 June 6.30 ‐ 9pm

Where: Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Are you interested in the power of podcasts, filmmaking, writing or illustration to engage with audiences? This event will explore the various content being created by science communicators through workshops and talks, this will be a chance for people to showcase their work and meet likeminded people in an evening of networking.

The biggest part of the evening is networking, reconnecting face to face, and sharing ideas to invigorate new activities. We’ve deliberately chosen to host this event at the Watershed who have great food, and a great bar!

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Tree Yoga with Eco Wild film release [ONLINE]

When: Tuesday 14 June 10:30 - 11am

Where: Online

Join us for the premier of this relaxing short film, as we learn from Emily Malik (EcoWild) the benefits of being active in nature.

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The Planetary Crisis - telling a story that brings positive change

When: Tuesday 14 June 7 - 8pm

Where: Bristol Old Vic, King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ED

The warming climate, the loss of nature – our planet is in crisis. How do we motivate the huge changes we need to rescue the situation in time?

Join Colin Butfield and Jonnie Hughes from Studio Silverback as they share the secrets of their successes in taking the story of our environment to the mass audience with an industry show and tell before leading a wider conversation. Whether you’re a professional, volunteer, academic or commentator, join us to get inspired, share your ideas, and build your Bristol network of passionate environmentalists over a drink in the Bristol Old Vic bar.

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Unlocking the Severn [ONLINE]

When: Tuesday 14 June 7 - 8pm

Where: Online

Did you know that every year in June, hidden from view, rare and endangered migratory fish – twaite shad - are returning out to sea through the Severn Estuary and the Bristol Channel, after an epic spawning migration up the UK’s longest river?

Join us online for a screening of a documentary film all about Unlocking the Severn – the project that has this year unlocked the length of the River Severn for shad and other fish for the first time since weirs were built nearly 180 years ago!  The film, written and directed by award-winning film-maker Nina Constable and presented by consummate wild places broadcaster Monty Halls shares insights about this rare fish, the project’s scientific monitoring of migrating shad, its citizen science programme, and the construction of massive fish pass structures that have unlocked 158 miles of vital river habitat. 

With your chance to ask questions in a live Q&A with members of the project team after the film.

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Studio Silverback Spotlight: The Earthshot Prize

When: Wednesday 15 June 7 ‐ 8pm

Where: Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX

"The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history, designed to incentivise change and help repair our planet over the next ten years”.

Join Bristol-based filmmaker Jonnie Hughes from Studio Silverback to hear the story behind the story of the prize (and what it’s really like working with Prince William!). Find out what it takes to film a series in lockdown, delve into the rationale behind Studio Silverback’s storytelling approach to showcase urgency and optimism as our route to action, and set your own ‘Earthshot’ target alongside the rest of the audience.

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An introduction to wildlife photography with George Cook

When: Thursday 16 June 6 ‐ 8pm

Where: Bath City Farm, Kelston View, Whiteway, Bath, BA2 1NW

Have you always wanted to have a go at taking pictures of the natural world but don't know where to start? Then join wildlife photographer George Cook for an introductory course on wildlife photography!

This event is aimed at beginners, so please feel free to bring along any camera you have, be that an SLR, digital camera or the camera on your phone.

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