Photo Exhibit ‘National Parks: Taking Care of Nature’ Opens in Ljubljana

Visitors at National Geographic Anniversary exhibit in Tivoli Park Ljubljana

“National Parks: Taking Care of Nature”, a photo exhibition celebrating the national parks of the US and Slovenia through images taken by National Geographic photographers, opened yesterday in the Slovenian capital.

Here are 18 images from the opening and the exhibit, enough to give you an idea without me pushing the bounds of copyright. 🙂

Nearly 100 images –half depicting scenes from national parks in the U.S. and half taken in Slovenia’s Triglav National Park– line the Jakopič Promenade in Ljubljana’s sprawling central Tivoli park, a fitting setting for the theme. It’s definitely my favorite exhibit space in Ljubljana.

The exhibit, sponsored jointly by National Geographic, the City of Ljubljana and the U.S. Embassy, coincides with the U.S. National Park Services centenary, which is being celebrated this year, and the 10th anniversary of the Slovenian edition of National Geographic Magazine. The southern side of the promenade features images from U.S. parks and the northern side from Slovenia. Each portion features works by 26 photographers.

Speaking at the opening, U.S. Ambassador to Slovenia Brent R. Hartley told visitors that while people around the world think different things about the United States, many believe that the concept of setting aside land as national parks “is America’s best idea”.

Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, established in 1872, is widely accepted as the first and oldest national park in the world.

Likewise, Triglav National Park, Slovenia’s sole national park, was established in 1924 and is among the earliest protected areas in Europe. It covers 880 square kilometers, or 3% of Slovenian territory.

Ljubljana Deputy Major Dejan Crnek and National Geographic Slovenia Photo Editor Arne Hodalič [website | Facebook], who curated the exhibit, also spoke at the opening which included a performance by noted Slovenian clarinetist Boštjan Gombač. Pics of each below.

The exhibit runs through 28 June. If you’re planning a visit to Ljubljana between now and then, you really should set aside an hour to check it out.

Seventeen more images below. The U.S. Embassy also has a photo album from the opening on its Facebook Page.

Related: To give you another view of the exhibit space, check out a post about a previous exhibit on the promenade, Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia – The Journey Within.

 

Visitors at National Geographic Anniversary exhibit in Tivoli Park promenade in Ljubljana
Visitors at National Geographic Anniversary exhibit in Tivoli Park promenade in Ljubljana

 

National Geographic Anniversary exhibit in Tivoli Park Ljubljana
National Geographic Anniversary exhibit in Tivoli Park Ljubljana

 

Mali Draski Vrh by Jost Gantar - National Geographic Anniversary exhibit in Tivoli Park Ljubljana
Mali Draski Vrh by Jost Gantar – National Geographic Anniversary exhibit in Tivoli Park Ljubljana

 

At Denali National Park, Alaska by Aaron Huey - National Geographic Anniversary exhibit in Tivoli Park Ljubljana
At Denali National Park, Alaska by Aaron Huey – National Geographic Anniversary exhibit in Tivoli Park Ljubljana

 

National Geographic Slovenia Anniversary exhibit in Tivoli Park Ljubljana
National Geographic Slovenia Anniversary exhibit in Tivoli Park Ljubljana

 

North face of Triglav by Marijan Mocivnik - National Geographic Anniversary exhibit in Tivoli Park Ljubljana
North face of Triglav by Marijan Mocivnik – National Geographic Anniversary exhibit in Tivoli Park Ljubljana

 

National Geographic Exhibit Poster, Ljubljana
National Geographic Exhibit Poster, Ljubljana

 

National Geographic Exhibit Poster (Slovenian), Ljubljana
National Geographic Exhibit Poster (Slovenian), Ljubljana

 

US Ambassador to Slovenia Brent R Hartley
US Ambassador to Slovenia Brent R. Hartley

 

Ljubljana Deputy Mayor Dejan Crnek
Ljubljana Deputy Mayor Dejan Crnek

 

Slovenian musician Bostjan Gombac
Slovenian musician Bostjan Gombac

 

National Geographic Slovenia Photo Editor Arne Hodalic
National Geographic Slovenia Photo Editor Arne Hodalic

 

National Geographic covers, Slovenian edition
National Geographic covers, Slovenian edition

 

Slovenian edition National Geographic covers
Slovenian edition National Geographic covers

 

Map of Slovenia's Triglav National Park
Map of Slovenia’s Triglav National Park

 

Map of US National Parks and related sites
Map of US National Parks and related sites

 

National Geographic Anniversary exhibit on the Tivoli Park promenade Ljubljana
National Geographic Anniversary exhibit on the Tivoli Park promenade Ljubljana

 

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  1. paula graham says

    That is marvellous, Well done Ljubljana and well done Bob

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