British Wildlife Photography Awards - Call for Entries
Now in its third year, the British Wildlife
Photography Awards were established to recognise the talents of
wildlife photographers working in Britain, while at the same time
highlighting the great wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural
The driving motivation to set up the Awards evolved through the
nation’s growing awareness of the environment and the need for its
Haughty Hare by Mark Sisson
British Wildlife Photography Awards
- A Celebration of British Wildlife
- Win a prestigious photography award and cash prize of
- £20,000 prize fund
- Winners will have their work showcased in a national
touring exhibition and in a stunning book
- Three new categories including a video
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, 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.
Red Kite in snow
by Danny Green
Coast and Marine
Wildlife in my Backyard
There are 3 NEW categories:
The judges will be seeking the most innovative photographic
story, with a portfolio (up to 6 images). It can be about any
aspect of British wildlife, a conservation project or environmental
2. A living Landscape, Connectivity
Being connected to the natural world is great for our health,
our happiness and for the future. All are inextricably linked. And
so The Wildlife Trusts are working on a recovery plan for nature.
It’s their vision to create a resilient environment; one rich in
wildlife and great for people. What they call A Living
This category is purposefully open to interpretation to
encourage creativity and fresh and imaginative responses.
Connectivity might be physical, sensory, seasonal or otherwise. We
are keen to see how this category captures the imagination and how
connectivity within the UK landscape is defined. Positive images
illustrating how habitats, species, communities and individuals are
all connected, and interconnect, within our natural environment,
both in rural and urban settings, are encouraged. Whether images
capture an imaginative or purely narrative approach; are simple or
complex, all will be breath-taking, mesmerising and powerful.
3. Wildlife on Video
The judges will be looking for the most inspirational and
dynamic sequence (up to a minute) which clearly illustrates the
unique power of video as a medium for capturing British wildlife.
Any aspect of British wildlife will be considered.
This could be a short film:
1) Creating a memorable portrait of a British wildlife
2) Highlighting a specific conservation issue related to British
3) Showing unusual or remarkable behaviour
4) About an individual animal such as a local fox who visits your
garden or a special rescue case.
5) On a specific area/reserve that is special to you.
Awards and Prizes:
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
Video Award - 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.
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.
Wild Welsh ponies by Gail
Sponsors and Supporters
The competition is sponsored by Canon, WWF, The Wildlife Trusts,
RSPB, Countryside Council for Wales, Buglife, Serif, Genesis
Imaging and Outdoor Photography.
Supported by: Natural England, The National Trust, Scottish
Natural Heritage, Towergate Camerasure and Country Side Jobs
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 detailed information about the competition, including
how to enter, a full description of categories, shooting tips, and
terms & conditions, please visit the competition website.