SKIPTON-born photography student Martin Wilson has secured a major exhibition at Manchester Museum, showcasing the ‘Red List’ of rare and endangered insects within the UK.

Martin, 36, who is in his final year of the BA (Hons) Photography programme at the University Centre at Blackburn College, is delighted with the prospect of seeing his work at Manchester Museum.

Martin said: “I can’t believe that my work will be seen by so many people in such a large, established gallery.”

“The exhibition came about after working with the entomologists at Manchester Museum where I photographed rare and endangered insects from the museum’s 3.5 million collection.”

“When photographing the insects, I use the process of ‘focus stacking’ which is a digital image processing technique where multiple images are taken at different focus distances to produce an image with a greater depth of field.

“It’s fantastic to have the support of Manchester Museum and hopefully the exhibition will raise awareness to the plight of these insects and the damage that we are doing to their habitat.”

Martin’s photography lecturer Richard Peregrine said: “We are thrilled for Martin and so proud of the work he has created. It is a major achievement for a student to secure such a major exhibition, which is testament to Martin’s hard work and vision.”

Martin’s exhibition, titled Insect Red List photography, runs from November 2018 to March 2019.