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Okavango exhibition

SHARE   |   Monday, 10 October 2016   |   By Ontametse Sugar
Okavango exhibition

Internationally renowned filmmakers Tim and June Liversedge are running an exhibition at the National Museum that will last for a month. The exhibition dubbed ‘the Okavango’ shows many pictures that depicts their live in the wild of Okavango. The couple has been together in Botswana for more than 40 years with Tim having been in Botswana for more than 55 years. The exhibition shows the passion that they have for the natural beauty of Botswana and their appreciation. President Ian Khama officially opened the exhibition and was awarded a piece from the artists depicting a rare picture of flamingos. The couple says it hosted the exhibition to share their experience with everyone especially young people who have to appreciate the environment and the beauty of this land. The couple says it has been involved in many exciting and important conservation projects in Botswana over the decades. Tim says using Maun as a base they began filmmaking for international audiences by providing content to BBC and National Geographic. They have so far produced over 20 films that highlight Botswana’s diverse regions from the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Moremi Game Reserve, Makgadikgadi Pans through to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and Tsabong in South East.

Their films capture rare and fascinating animal behaviour set against the panoramic Botswana’s amazing natural habitats. Through the exhibition they also tell a story on how those animals, plants and people in that area live. Tim says he has dedicated his life to study wildlife in Botswana since he was in his twenties. “Sometimes I will stay in a place for six months just to observe and come up with different pictures that tell an incredible story like I did with the flamingos and the owls,” he declares, adding that they take pictures together with his wife June, to the extent of having to argue when they have to credit them because they would not know who took a certain picture among them. He has also been studying the birds – staying for 38 years at a Pel’s Fishing Owl to understand them and how they function. Their pictures also shows, among others, Gcwihaba caves inside, how the elephant footprints ends up becoming the birds nest, the salt pans, the lions and all other animals found around that area. In the exhibition there are also pictures that show the brutality of poaching. The curator of the exhibition Phillip Segola shared his excitement about the exhibition on how it portrays the beauty of Botswana that people hardly get to see. He said the story told by the photographers shows the country’s richness of Botswana and that needs to be appreciated.