21.05.2009 - Nature photographers to assemble for another Bloodless Hunt 21.05

This weekend, 22-24 May, the Bloodless Hunt will be held for the 12th time already, and the otter will be the game this year. The hunt with cameras will take place in the Killingi-Nõmme hunting area of RMK and the stopping-point for the photographers will be at the field base of geologists at Särghaua.

“We chose the otter as the game this year because there are many suitable habitats for the animal in the selected hunting area,” said nature photographer Tiit Hunt, one of the organisers of the event and the head zoologist of the Estonian Natural History Museum. “In previous years, we have captured almost all well-known residents of the Estonian forests, but the otter has not been the game before. Whether anyone will see this merry animal that is rarely seen, and get a nice picture of it, will be determined during the hunt,” said Tiit Hunt.

During the animal photographing contest, organised in cooperation between the non-profit association MTÜ Vereta Jaht, the State Forest Management Centre and the Estonian Natural History Museum, the best nature photographers in Estonia take shots of animals, birds and insects. This year, more than 30 nature photographers are expected to join in the hunt. As usual, well-known photographers Ingmar Muusikus, Jarek Jõepera and Aarne Ader will participate, as well as the nature man Hendrik Relve, the insect scientist Urmas Tartes, former member of the Riigikogu Margus Leivo, and also several other people known to practice photography or hunting. The nature photographers will be assisted and guided by the professional hunters of RMK.

Every contestant will choose the ten best shots from their nature photographs taken over the course of the three days. From these, the jury will, in turn, choose the 50 most interesting photos that will be exhibited to interested people at the Estonian Natural History Museum in the autumn. The winning works will also be announced there.

The animal photo contest “Bloodless Hunt” has been organised since 1997. Billy-goat, wild boar, beaver, wild deer, elk, bear, lynx, capercaillie and black grouse have been targets in earlier years.

Additional information:
Tiit Hunt
Head Zoologist of the Estonian Museum of Natural History
Telephone: +372 506 7488