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Second World Premiere of the Wild Wonders of Europe Outdoor Exhibition launched in the heart of the European continent - Prague, The Czech Republic

Prague Exhibition 
 Photo:Staffan Widstrand/ Wild Wonders of Europe           
Prague, Czech Republic - The second Wild Wonders of Europe outdoor exhibition was last week launched in the historic Old Town of the City of Prague, on the steps of the beautiful concert hall, The Rudolfinum.
The 100 life-size images showcasing Europe's biodiversity will now remain in situ alongside the Vltava River until 22 August, displayed on Jan Palach square, with free admission 24 hours a day.
Among the speakers were the Minister of Environment Rut Bízková, the Director of Nature at the European Commission Ladislav Miko, the Head of the State Environment Committee Václav Mencl, the Director of the Sumava National Park, František Krejcí and the Managing Director of Wild Wonders of Europe, Staffan Widstrand.
The 200 invited guests, including four of the Czech Republic's government Ministers, were followed by an estimated 500 passers-by who took the opportunity of a first visit to the exhibition which will remain in Prague for the next two months before moving to the next European city.
The inaugural Exhibition in The Hague will also remain in situ until 30 August with once again, free admission.
Together with the flagship book in 10+ languages, the exhibitions have a strong conservation message underlining the amazing wildlife comeback in Europe and the success of the Natura2000 system whilst aiming to motivate people to engage with biodiversity.

NOTE for journalists:

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These images are copyright protected and can only be used to illustrate the above mentioned media release in the context of Wild Wonders of Europe. A maximum of three (3) of the images plus the front cover of the book and the Director’s portraits are free to be used without cost or previous agreement at any given time. But only under the condition that they are used in direct connection with reports on Wild Wonders of Europe, with the project's website www.wild-wonders.com mentioned and with the photographer's credit published beside the images, like this:
Photo: Photographer's name / www.wild-wonders.com.
Any other subsequent rights are not allowed and are subject to approval by Wild Wonders of Europe.

Individual photo credits are mandatory. Credit information is available from the IPTC file info of the downloaded images or you can download a separate text file with the relevant information.

Coinciding with the exhibition is the release of the photo book Wild Wonders of Europe published in ten languages. More information about this book can be found at http://www.wild-wonders.com/the_book.asp.

About Wild Wonders of Europe:

Wild Wonders of Europe is the world's biggest nature photography conservation project ever. 69 top nature photographers visited 48 European countries over 15 months and with over 1000 hours in the field documented 50 national parks and more than 1000 animal and plant species. The project will tour Europe, the USA and China in a series of outdoor and indoor exhibitions , starting on May 27, 2010 in The Hague, Netherlands to showcase Europe’s Unseen, Unexpected & Unforgettable wildlife & landscapes. The message: to celebrate the joy of wildness, the wildlife comeback & that nature conservation works, whilst highlighting the values we risk losing.

About the Main Partners:

The Wild Wonders of Europe Outdoor Exhibition is organized by Life Exhibitions  www.lifeexhibitions.com who in the past were responsible for touring other hugely popular exhibitions including “Spirit of the Wild” and “Earth from Above”.
- WWF International http://wwf.panda.org/ is the main conservation partner and contributed valuable factual content for the project’s communications, great PR work and support for a number of the photo missions.
- National Geographic Society http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ is the main media partner and published the article entitled “The Wild Side” together with the story about the Iberian lynx in 33 International editions across 66 countries. Wild Wonders of Europe was featured as the cover story for many local European language editions. NG.com web site features 750 of our images in different galleries.

- Epson is the printing and projection partner who produced all of the outdoor images for the exhibition using the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 large format printer.  The printer was selected to produce the images thanks to its ability to deliver stunning colour clarity and fine detail accuracy,  as well as the image durability and UV resistance afforded by its UltraChrome™ GS inks - even in outdoor applications.   Epson also provided the projection equipment for use both within the Exhibition Pavilion and for other venues.

"The images generated by the project are stunning and deserve to be brought to life using the best imaging products available. By working with Wild Wonders of Europe, we believe we can help raise awareness of the beauty of nature throughout Europe, and in doing so, aid the preservation of our natural heritage. This is an important objective, and in line with Epson’s broader commitment to supporting the environment and society as a whole,” says Eelco Smit, Environmental Manager, Epson.

- Nikon http://www.europe-nikon.com/  is the photography equipment partner, provided professional quality photographic equipment for the photographers and for the European nature photography competition on our website.

“We all have a responsibility to ensure the continued health of our natural environment. Nikon Europe is convinced Wild Wonders will bring to life Europe’s flora and fauna for many thousands of people, first-hand and through the generation chain. Nikon has been committed to nature photographers for many years now, and many of them trust our equipment in their challenging working conditions. The work they deliver is the best evidence for the great performance of our latest generation of cameras and lenses.” Birgitta Olson, General Manager, Marketing Communications at Nikon Europe B.V.

Nokia http://europe.nokia.com/home  is the mobile communications partner.

“Nokia is proud to collaborate with this unique project and help the photographers whilst on their missions by providing devices that will allow them to stay in touch, capture images, upload imagery and video content and tell their story which can be seen via Ovi Share.  It’s great that Nokia can help promote this amazing programme that will go down in history as the biggest and best of its kind. We are delighted to partner with an initiative that stands for the positive and good things that Europe has to offer and we are looking forward to helping bring this vision to life over the coming months.” Will Nicholls, Global Sponsorship, Nokia 

- Nature Picture Library is the selected, exclusive image agency for the project, and they hold a key collection of the 10,000 best images from the project, available for direct download at: Nature Picture Library http://www.naturepl.com/

For more press information:

Czech Press:
ConPro, s.r.o., Helena Krausová GSM: +420 774 303 508 e: helena@conpro.cz

International Press:
Florian Moellers (Communications Director) t: +491709375789 e: florian@wild-wonders.com, Bridget Wijnberg (Media & Exhibitions Director) t:+447972106839 e:bridget@wild-wonders.com

 Wild Wonders of Europe wishes to thank our

Main Partners:

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…and our many other important partners for their generous contributions and support, all without whom this epic conservation photography project would never have been possible.

Wild Taiga - Finnature - Noble Caledonia - Flatanger Kommune - Innovation Norway
Kuusamo Lapland - Forollhogna - Äventyrsresor - IUCN - EEA - ILCP - Countdown 2010
WILD Foundation - Euronatur - Aefona - Fotonatura.org - Vision Salvaje - Image & Nature
Grasduinen - IFWP - UNEP - Naturapics  - Visit Finland  - Visit Sweden
NVN - Naturfokus - Naturfotograferna - Reisen in die Natur - Destinasjon Saltstraumen
BirdingInSpain.com - Photo Travel - Hide Photography - Mediwiss Analytic -
Objectif Nature - Lanzarote - Madeira Tourism - Patronado de Turismo de Lanzarote - Andorra Turisme - King of the Forest - Ulvsbomuren - Parque Natural da Madeira -
Nordic Discovery
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