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Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary now showing in New Zealand for the very first time

ELEPHANT CONNECTION, Photo by Cesare Naldi, Andaman Islands - Rajan the Asian elephant shares a moment with Nazroo, his mahout, or elephant driver, in the warm ocean waters off the Andaman Islands. A few elephants were brought here years ago to ferry logs—Rajan is the last one still swimming. Now retired, he only swims for fun.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, Photo by Nanut Bovorn, Thailand - The night sky fills with light as lanterns soar and reflect a mirror image in the surrounding water. At the Loy Krathong festival, which usually takes place at the end of rainy season in Thailand, festivalgoers release lanterns to protect against bad luck.
SUPERCELL STORM CLOUD, Photo by Marko Korosec, near Julesburg, Colorado - An ominous storm cloud hovers over a field in eastern Colorado. While these stunning “mother ships” can spawn tornadoes, this one didn’t.
KING COLONY, Photo by Frans Lanting, Antarctica - A sea of king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) stretch out to meet the hills on South Georgia Island in the southern Atlantic Ocean. King penguins, the second largest penguin species, congregate here starting in September. The aquatic birds form breeding colonies that can reach up to tens of thousands in number.
ANIMAL CONFRONTATION, Photo by Bence Máté, Costa Rica - A green-crowned brilliant hummingbird and a green pit viper look eye to eye. The snake hangs delicately from a branch as the hummingbird hovers midair in attack. The showdown captures an eternal dance between predator and prey.
Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki, Copyright Richard Wotton
1 Mar 2019 to 31 Aug 2019
1 March - 31 August 2019
50 Striking Images Shot by Some of the World’s Finest Photographers
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Free Entry
Aotea Utanagnui Museum of South Taranaki
127 Egmont Street, Pātea


The National Geographic International touring exhibition is now showing at Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki in Pātea for the first time in New Zealand   

Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki visitors will get to experience some of the world’s most astounding phenomena in the new National Geographic exhibition, “Rarely Seen.” In this exhibition of visual wonders, National Geographic reveals a world very few have the chance to see for themselves. Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary has opened at Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki on March 1 and runs until August 31 2019.

The exhibition features 50 striking images shot by some of the world’s finest photographers of places, events, natural phenomena, and man-made heirlooms seldom seen by human eyes. With an introduction by National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, whose work has taken him from the Peruvian Andes to the deepest caves of Papua New Guinea, this exhibition captures unbelievable moments, natural wonders, and extraordinary objects from the far reaches of the globe.

“Rarely Seen is a great example of National Geographic’s rich history of sharing places, moments and objects that astonish and inspire,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president for National Geographic Exhibitions.  “This collection from the stables of the world’s leading geography imaging organisation is truly unseen in many ways”… “and in 2019 New Zealand audiences will have the opportunity to share in this special moment to celebrate heritage and culture from right across the globe”, says Cameron S. Curd, Kaitiaki Pukapuka-a-Rohe/District Archivist for Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki.  “This is a fantastic opportunity for New Zealand audiences to view this stunning international photographic collection right here in South Taranaki”, says His Worship Mayor Ross Dunlop. 

Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary premieres in Aotearoa New Zealand from 1 March - 31 August 2019 at Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki, 127 Egmont Street, Pātea.

The National Geographic International Touring Exhibitions Programme has provided this content, and funding support has been provided by the Lysaght-Watt Trust.

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Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki

18 Apr 2019