Our partnership with the Natural History Museum

 

Orsted partnership with the Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum inspires millions of visitors each year to feel connected to our extraordinary planet and understand the desperate need to act now to protect it. Ørsted shares with the Natural History Museum a vision of a world where people and planet thrive. We believe that climate change is the most significant barrier to that future and are taking real action to help create a world that runs entirely on green energy. We’re proud to support the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which brings visitors closer to the incredible diversity and beauty of our shared home. 

Here are a few of the activities we’re participating in through our partnership with the Natural History Museum:

 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year


Now in its 57th instalment, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the longest running and most prestigious photographic event of its kind in the world – showcasing the beauty of the planet we call home and the wildlife that inhabits it.

With climate change being one of the biggest challenges facing our planet today, it’s important to connect people with wildlife and their surroundings to help raise awareness and tackle the threats facing them. It is for this reason, Ørsted are once again sponsoring the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

Duncan Clark, Head of Region UK, Ørsted
“We believe climate change is the single greatest threat to our planet’s extraordinary wildlife. This makes Ørsted’s vision of creating a world that runs entirely on green energy all the more urgent. At this crucial time, we are delighted to support this remarkable global celebration of the planet we all call home.”
Duncan Clark, Head of Region UK, Ørsted 

This year's competition attracted over 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries.

The overall competition winners will be announced at the virtual awards ceremony on the 12 October 2021 and will be livestreamed below.

 

Watch the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards

Enjoy the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards ceremony which was livestreamed from the Natural History Museum's iconic Hintze Hall on the 12 October 2021.

Press play to watch a recording of the 57th Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 awards at the Natural History Museum.

Explore a selection of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 exhibition images below

Cheetahs crossing the raging Talek River in Kenya. © Buddhilini de Soyza, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

‘The great swim’

By Buddhilini de Soyza, Sri Lanka/Australia

A coalition of male cheetahs in the raging Talek River in Kenya’s Maasai Mara.

Unseasonable, relentless rain – possibly caused by climate change – had, by January 2020, caused the worst flooding local elders had ever known. Cheetahs are strong swimmers, and with the prospect of more prey on the other side of the river, the Tano Bora (Maasai for ‘magnificent five’) cheetahs – comprised of  two pairs of brothers, joined later by a single male – were determined to reach the opposite bank dispite the powerful torrents.

© Buddhilini de Soyza, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
 
A mangrove swamp along the eastern coastal area of Andhra Pradesh, India. © Rakesh Pulapa, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

 ‘The nurturing wetland’

By Rakesh Pulapa, India

Houses photographed on the edge of Kakinada city, buffered from the sea by the remains of a mangrove swamp along the eastern coastal area of Andhra Pradesh, India.

Development has already destroyed 90 per cent of mangroves (salt-tolerant trees and shrubs) in this coastal region of India. However, mangroves are now recognized as vital for coastal life, human and non-human. Their roots trap organic matter, providing carbon storage, slow incoming tides, protect communities against storms and create nurseries for numerous fish and other species that fishing communities rely on. 

© Rakesh Pulapa, Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Our employees take inspiration from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition


At Ørsted, we’re all passionate about working towards our vision of a world that runs entirely on green energy, and that’s because we love this extraordinary planet we all call home. As part of our event sponsorship, we host an employee photo competition inspired by the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Each year we encourage our employees to capture images of wildlife and habitats that, for them, encapsulate ‘Love your home’. The winning entrants are whittled down by an he expert team at the Natural History Museum.

Here are a few of our latest employee winning entrants

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Orsted employee runner up

This photograph was taken by Rémi Leroy who works as a Senior Market Developer


Remi explains how this image was captured: "On a recent trip to Southern Africa, whilst enjoying the stillness of the African bush, this leopard and warthog exploded out of the thicket. Fortunately, I had the right equipment to hand and was able to catch the frantic action as it unfolded. The struggle was far from brief and the strength on display from both animals was mesmerising. With the outcome beyond question the leopard glared over, seemingly to ensure I wouldn’t interfere and leaving me wishing I had something larger than the camera to hide behind."


Judges’ comments:
This was a very close runner up. This is an incredibly exciting moment to have caught, made even more arresting by the eye contact that the photographer has captured. The image is well framed and focussed.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Orsted employee runner up

Victoria Stoyle works as a Senior Marine and Helicopter Coordinator at Ørsted’s Marine and Helicopter Coordination Centre in Grimsby


Setting the scene, Victoria said: “This photograph was taken at a hotel on the outskirts of Copenhagen during a construction seminar. A heard of cows were grazing in a field at the back of the hotel and as I have always had a love of animals and was brought up around livestock, I took the opportunity to say hello. The three calves were very curious but too shy to come any closer. I love the way they stuck together―obviously best friends!”


Judges’ comments:
At first this image made us laugh, the scene is quietly comical but it is also technically impressive. In particular, the position of the three cows within the frame and the large shadow at the front of the image that at first appears to belong to the three cows but actually belongs to the cow on the right.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Orsted employee winner

This photograph was taken by Richard Guy who is a Senior Manager in the Continuous Improvement team

 

Describing the photo Richard said, “Elephants are the big draw in the Chobe National Park in Botswana, but I was just as entranced by the troops of young baboons that scampered their way through the bush, playing out squabbles between siblings oblivious to the tourists and their cameras. My partner and I both love exploring new places – and the safari experience was as wonderful as we’d hoped.  But we also saw a very different perspective. Conflicts between humans and elephants in this area are frequent, destructive and occasionally fatal, and the government has recently lifted a ban on hunting to manage the numbers – an issue with no easy answers.”

Judges comments: We were particularly impressed with how the photographer captured the group dynamic and behaviour of the monkeys, which leaves the viewer considering what has taken place to bring us to this point. The image is well framed with the branches in the foreground providing a central focus and the branches in the background proving depth. The image unveils additional information each time you look at it - the fourth monkey at the base of the image only really comes into view on second viewing. 

NHM livestream event

Ørsted industry expert joins a Natural History Museum discussion panel on the just energy revolution


Katinka Palbo, Head of Global Strategy & Global Partnerships at Ørsted, joined a panel of climate scientists and fellow industry experts as they explored how to realise a world in which global communities have access to clean and sustainable energy for generations. The discussion charted humanity's complex relationship with energy, and what is needed to drive the transition to sustainable energy across the planet.

Watch a recording of the livestreamed event below:
Clean and green: is a just energy revolution around the corner? Livestreamed event with Ørsted's Katinka Palbo, Head of Global Strategy & Global Partnerships

Generate: Scientists of the Future


Ørsted and the Natural History Museum are working with schools and students over a three-year period to help shape pupils’ attitudes to and aspirations in science. Inspired by the acclaimed ASPIRES research project run by King’s College London, this new initiative seeks to build ‘science capital’ amongst students – developing greater understanding, knowledge, interest and connections to science, scientists and scientific careers.

Working with four schools in the London boroughs of Westminster and Lambeth, the project aims to make science more accessible to a diverse range of students. The Natural History Museum hosts a day of science engagement activities for the schools every year, allowing students to explore the Museum’s 80 million specimen collection. The students are also given the opportunity to meet some of the world’s leading natural history and energy industry scientists.

The NHM conducts research into students’ attitudes and aspirations in science before, during and after the visits, which will show how the Museum’s interventions and the engagement with scientists is having an impact on the students taking part. 

Follow the students’ progress through the programme in the videos below:

2018


The Year 7 pupils make their first visit to the Museum, discovering there’s more to science than they’d thought.
 

2019


Now in Year 8, the pupils tackle a more sophisticated challenge, evaluating industry and research scientist pitches and deciding whose project to fund.

Grants and sponsorship

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