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6 Photography Exhibitions to Check Out in London

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Image courtesy of the National History Museum, London

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Image courtesy of the National History Museum, London

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Admission: Free
Each year, the Royal Observatory Greenwich, together with BBC Sky at Night Magazine and Insight Investment, organises the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. The winning entries from 2015 are now on display at the Royal Observatory. Check them out between now and 26 June 2016. The exhibit is open daily between 10:00 and 17:00 and is filled with beautiful work from astrophotographers around the globe.

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
Admission: £4, £3 for concessions
The National Portrait Gallery is home to the annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, a competition that celebrates the best of contemporary portrait photography. The exhibition features portraits in a wide variety of styles, and subjects range from celebrities such as Benedict Cumberbatch to personal friends of the photographers themselves. While you’re there, check out the work of Tereza Červeňová, whom Youth Arts Online had the opportunity to interview last week. Tickets for the exhibition are sold at the gallery.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Admission: £13.50 for adults, £6.75 for children and concessions
Over 100 of the year’s best nature photos are featured in the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Open daily from 10:00 to 17:50, the exhibition runs from now until 10 April 2016. You can book tickets online or purchase them in person from the Natural History Museum.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will also go on tour around the UK, making stops in Bristol, Chelmsford, Gloucester and Coventry. To learn more about the exhibition’s UK tour, visit the National History Museum’s website.

We Are London
Admission: Free
The Museum of London collaborated with the press agency TNR to commission a number of new photos of crowds in London. The photos cover a range of subjects, showing off the diversity and vibrancy of life in London. This exhibition is open now and will be up until May 2016.

London Dust
Admission: Free
While you’re at the Museum of London to see We Are London, you can also pop over to another great photography exhibition: London Dust, featuring the work of photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg. This exhibition focuses on the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis and the redevelopment of the City of London, comparing the reality of today’s skyscrapers to the idealised designs displayed on City building sites. London Dust has been up since May 2015, and will close 10 January 2016.

Gathered Leaves: Photographs
Admission: £8
The Science Museum is hosting this exhibition of photographs by American documentary photographer Alex Soth. The exhibition features four series Soth has made, spanning from 2004 to 2014. You can book your tickets online or buy them in person at the Science Museum until the exhibition ends on 28 March 2016.

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