After a successful first year and widely acclaimed photographic exhibition celebrating British wildlife, the 2010 competition is still open for entries. With just over a month left before submission deadlines (June 4th 2010), now is the time to venture out into the British wilderness and capture some great images.
To reflect that 2010 has been declared International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations, the competition includes a special award for conservation photography and a new category dedicated to British biodiversity and native species under threat. In the year when the UN Convention on Biological Diversity is highlighting the unprecedented global loss of species, these two new additions will focus attention on how our native species are coping.
This year‘s British Wildlife Photography Awards are sponsored by Natural England. Dr Helen Phillips, chief executive, said: “In the International Year of Biodiversity, this competition is a great way of inspiring people to really appreciate the wonders of this country’s wildlife. I hope photographers of all ages will pick up their cameras and get outside to enjoy the fantastic array of animals and plants living all around us.
There are ten categories to excite the imagination, as well as two special awards to encourage participation by young people, schools and youth community groups: Animal Portraits
The 2020VISION Conservation Photography Award
- Animal Behavior
- Urban Wildlife
- Hidden Britain
- Coast and Marine
- Wildlife in my Back Yard
- British Seasons
- International Year of Biodoversity
- The 2020VISION Special Award
April sees the launch of 2020VISION, Britain’s most ambitious photography-based conservation initiative ever! 20 of the country’s top wildlife and nature photographers have, for the first time, come together with leading conservation partners to document the value of restoring Britain’s battered ecosystems. Over the course of 20 months, the 2020 Phototeam will carry out 20 flagship assignments, which demonstrate the link between healthy ecosystems and healthy people.
The Phototeam, includes top shooters Chris Packham, Joe Cornish and Andy Rouse.
A place in the team is up for grabs !
One place on the 2020 Phototeam is being made available through the British Wildlife Photography Awards. The 2020VISION Conservation Photography Award, sponsored by The Wild Media Foundation, was conceived to find fresh talent in conservation photo-journalism. And the prize? A unique commission working alongside Britain's top pros - give it a go!
The prize will be awarded to the photographer who submits a portfolio of up to 8 images which best illustrates a topical UK conservation story or theme. The subject matter is entirely the photographers choice and the judges will be looking for innovation in photographic story telling. The winner will be awarded a fully-paid for set of UK commissions within the 2020VISION strategy. Category sponsored by Wild Media Foundation.
The competition is also supported by: WWF, The Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Countryside Council for Wales, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Wild Media Foundation, National Trust, National Trust for Scotland and Outdoor Photography Magazine.
With a prize fund of up to £20,000 and the overall winner receiving a cash prize of £5,000, the images receiving judges’ commendations will be included in a series of nationwide exhibitions throughout 2010/2011, including a prestigious launch and awards event in London in October.
For more detailed information about the competition, how to enter, a full description of categories, shooting tips, and terms & conditions, please visit the British Wildlife Photography Awards
The closing date is Friday 4 June 2010.