Environmental Photographer of the Year

Tapan Karmakar, Floating life on river under pollution, CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year

Tapan Karmakar, Floating life on river under pollution, CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year

28 September - 3 November 2019

Selected from over ten thousand entries from across the globe, this exhibition showcases the very best in environmental photography. Each outstanding work has been chosen for its impact, originality and technical skill, as well as its ability to inspire a global audience to think differently about contemporary environmental issues.

The photographs demonstrate the dynamic link between environmental and social concerns, examining subjects such as sustainable development, biodiversity, poverty, climate change and population growth. While celebrating humanity’s innate ability to survive and innovate, the exhibition reminds us that we all live on the same planet, and that the actions we take affect others around us.

OBS Gallery Environmental Photography Competition

We are running our own photography competition to give you the chance to win a digital camera and show your work alongside those shortlisted for Environmental Photographer of the Year.


18 January - 23 February 2020

Large scale drawings of a gorilla using sign language to communicate, a 5ft sculpture of an elephant boy standing awkwardly in pyjamas and a round oil painting depicting a minotaur’s eye in exquisite detail, come together in Beast to remind us that our relationship with animals is both complex and conflicted.

The artists in this exhibition reflect upon the frameworks we create to distance ourselves from other creatures- we collect, document, display, categorise, eat and breed them yet we are also enticed to understand them in very human ways: animals have human emotions and thoughts in books, cartoons and films and our pets are ‘part of the family’. 

Using photography, painting, sculpture, drawing and film, the artists explore the human/animal divide.  They use their skills to seduce us and humour to disarm us, enticing us to question our assumptions and beliefs.

Bring a School Group

Schools and local groups are welcome between Monday and Friday. - We can arrange free guided tours with our Gallery Educator, providing a fascinating insight into the exhibits.

Tonbridge School Arts Brochure

OBS Gallery forms part of the vibrant cultural scene at Tonbridge School. See the Arts Brochure for the full programme of events, and we'll see you soon...