A brand new competition, the British Wildlife Photography Awards, has been established to celebrate and recognise the talents of photographers of all nationalities practicing in the UK, while at the same time, highlight the great wealth and diversity of the natural history in the United Kingdom.
At a time when wildlife, habitat and conservation is to the fore, the awards aim to encourage photographers, whether professional or enthusiast, to explore Britain’s natural and urban environments, and discover its bounty of wildlife species, from birds to mammals; insects to marine life.
Debbie Chapman, Press Officer at WWF comments "By supporting the British Wildlife Photography Awards WWF aims to highlight the incredible sea life surrounding our island, which needs safeguarding for the future
There are seven main categories to excite the imagination, as well as two special awards to encourage participation by young people.
Natural England is sponsoring the ‘Wildlife in my Locality’ and the special ‘Schools, Youth and Community Group Award’ as part of its ‘One Million Children Outdoors’ campaign.
With a prize fund of up £15,000 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, including a premier launch and awards event. The exhibition will launch at Hoopers Gallery, London from 24th September 09 and tour several locations around the UK. The British Wildlife Photography Awards aim to set the standard for photography of UK wildlife, for many years to come.
- Animal portraits
- Animal behavior
- Urban wildlife
- Hidden Britain
- Coast and marine
- Wildlife in my locality
- Habitat. Animals in their environment / Plants and their partners.
The closing date is 31st July 2009. Entrants will be able to submit entries on-line or via post.
For more detailed information about the competition, including how to enter, a full description of categories, shooting tips, and terms & conditions, please visit the competition website
Supported by: Natural England, WWF, The National Trust for Scotland, The Wildlife Trusts and Outdoor Photgraphy magazine.