Now in its third year these awards recognise the talents of photographers of all nationalities practicing in the UK, while at the same time highlight the great wealth and diversity of British natural history.
BWPA also aims to encourage discovery, exploration, conservation and enjoyment of our natural heritage as well as raising awareness about British species and habitats.
Poul Christensen, Chair of Natural England, said: “The amazing images that have been captured in 2010 for the British Wildlife Photography Awards are a great showcase of the wildlife wonders that exist in this country. I’d like to congratulate all of the entrants for the exceptionally high quality of their images - extraordinary pictures of our rarest animals sit alongside uniquely beautiful shots of the wildlife on our doorstep".
There are 11 main categories to excite the imagination, as well as three special awards to encourage young people and school children to connect with nature. Unlike other wildlife competitions the Awards are uniquely British.
At a time when wildlife, habitat and conservation is to the fore, the Awards aim to encourage photographers of all ages, whether enthusiast or professional, to explore Britain’s natural and urban environments, and discover its bounty of wildlife species, from birds to mammals; insects to marine life.
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 form part of a series of nationwide exhibitions. The British Wildlife Photography Awards aim to set the standard for wildlife photography in the UK for many years to come.
BWPA are delighted include 3 new categories including ‘Wildlife on Video’.
Awards and Prizes:
- Animal Portraits
- Animal Behaviour
- Coast and Marine
- Hidden Britain
- Urban Wildlife
- Wildlife in my Backyard
- British Seasons
- Documentary series
- A living Landscape, Connectivity
- Wildlife on Video
British Wildlife Photographer - £5,000
Each Category prize - £1,000 worth of equipment
Including (or equivalent):
- Canon PowerShot G12 - Camera
- Canon Pixma Pro 9000 MK II - Printer
- RSPB Binoculars
Canon LEGRIA HF S21 High Definition Digital Camcorder (value £969.00)
There are also three special awards to encourage participation by young people, schools and youth community groups:
Sponsors and Supporters
- Young British Wildlife Photographer (Up to 11) - £300
- Young British Wildlife Photographer (12 - 18) - £500
- School, Youth and Community Group Award - £3,000 worth of Serif Design Software and Video Camera.
The competition is sponsored by Canon, WWF, The Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage, Countryside Council for Wales, Buglife, Serif, Genesis Imaging and Outdoor Photography.
Supported by: The National Trust, Towergate Camerasure, Country Side Jobs Service and AA publishing.
The competition will be open for entries on 1st February 2011. The closing date is Thursday 2rd of June 2011. Entrants will be able to submit entries on-line or via post. For more information please visit the BWP Awards