Fox cub by Calum Dickson
The British Wildlife Photography Awards open today.
This competition is your chance to win a £5000 cash prize. Winners and commended entrants will have their work showcased in a touring exhibition and stunning book. The overall prize fund worth £20,000, includes products from lead sponsors Canon and Sky.
The British Wildlife Photography Awards were established to recognise the talents of photographers practising in Britain, whilst at the same time highlighting the great wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history. Now in its fifth year, this highly acclaimed and unique wildlife photography competition has captivated the nation with outstanding and beautiful imagery. It is a celebration of British wildlife as well as a showcase for photographers, both amateur and professional.
Richard Benyon, Environment Minister comments on the winners of 2012. “These photographs, as well as being aesthetically beautiful in their own right, are also a vital reminder of this nation’s greatest wealth”.
With twelve separate categories the subject matter covers everything from marine life and animal behaviour to creepy crawlies and urban wildlife. By popular demand we have introduced two new categories:
Botanical Britain - This category includes botanical subjects including: trees, plants, flowers, fungi and algae. Capture the essence, beauty and diversity of the botanical world, whether close-up, macro or as part of a wider scene. Sponsored by Countryside Job Service.
Hedgehog by Matt Binstead
Natural Details - The beauty of nature close up. For this category we are looking for innovation and creativity whether figurative or abstract and from any aspect of British wildlife – flora, fauna and the natural environment. For example: a study of wild flowers, shells on the sea shore, an insect’s wing, or patterns made by rock, ice, and water.
In addition to still photography there is a great opportunity to capture wildlife in action and win an amazing prize.
Wildlife in HD sponsored by Sky+HD - This special Award for HD Video will be awarded to the most inspirational and dynamic film (up to ninety seconds), which clearly illustrates the special power of moving images as a medium for capturing British Wildlife.
Awards and Prizes:
Overall Winner, British Wildlife Photographer - £5,000
All Category Winners will receive A Canon PowerShot S110 Camera and Canon PIXMA PRO 10 Printer.
The Wildlife in HD Video Winner will receive A Sky World HD package and a 3D TV, plus a Canon XA -10 Professional Camcorder.
The Young People’s Awards:
Young British Wildlife Photographer (12 - 18) - £500
Young British Wildlife Photographer (Up to 11) - £300
The Awards ceremony and launch of the traveling exhibition will take place at the prestigious Mall Galleries, in London, during September. www.mallgalleries.org.uk
The competition will be open for entries on 1st February 2013. The closing date 4th of May 2013.
For more infomation, visit the British Wildlife Photography Awards website