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The awards celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife.
Winning images are chosen from thousands of entries in fifteen separate categories including a category for film and two junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.
The Overall Winning Image:
Contrails at Dawn (Daubenton’s Bats), Coate Water Country Park, Wiltshire by Paul Colley
Ghostly contrails reveal the flight paths and wing beats of Daubenton’s bats. An infrared camera and lighting system that were 14 months in development overcame the challenge of photographing the high- speed flight of these small mammals in the dark. The in-camera double exposure caught the foreground bat milliseconds before insect intercept. As these bats are a protected species they were photographed in the wild following advice from the Bat Conservation Trust and Natural England.
“No other image in my portfolio had been so clearly conceived and yet so difficult to achieve. My artistic intent was to capture this extraordinary little bat’s speed of movement and hunting flight path, but the journey to success was littered with disappointing failures. Fortunately, fellow photographers encouraged imaginative experimentation and taught me to anticipate setbacks as a reasonable price for ultimate success. In hindsight, I experienced a huge gradient of emotion. There were the lows felt during months of long, cold and exhausting dusk-to-dawn sessions, sometimes waist deep in water and often without getting a single useable image. And then the natural highs of those light bulb moments, when new ideas blossomed, problems were solved and the project inched closer towards the potential to win this exceptional accolade.” – Paul Colley.
The Category Winners:
BLACK AND WHITE: Contrails at Dawn (Daubenton’s Bats),
Coate Water Country Park, Wiltshire, Paul Colley
ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR: Life and Death at the Edge of the World (Great Skua and Puffin), Fair Isle, Shetland, Sunil Gopalan
ANIMAL PORTRAITS: Bean (Badger), Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, Tesni Ward
URBAN WILDLIFE: Magpie in the Snow (Magpie), Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow, Christopher Swan
Industrial areas might not spring immediately to mind when searching for a wild encounter, but while Teesside
in the north-east of England is best known for towering factories and vast steelworks, something stirs in the
shadows. Nature is creeping back and finding a foothold between the smoking chimneys and bustling ports.
Waders forage through healthy mudflats, grey seals have returned to their daily roost, and foxes and raptors
stalk prey between iconic landmarks and relics of the industrial revolution that in the past claimed so much
of this estuarine habitat for man.
Highlights of all the Winning and Commended films of 2018:
View all the winning Images, including the video winner and a selection of highly commended entries here: www.bwpawards.org
First prize: £5,000
Category winners will receive prizes with a value of around £1,000. The prize fund includes: Canon EOS M5 Cameras with 15-45mm lens.
Wildlife in HD Video category winner will receive a Canon XA-11 Professional Camcorder
The Young winner (under 12) will receive: £300
The Young winner (12 -18) will receive: £500
The Exhibition Tour
Over 100 images including the winning and commended entries launches at the Mall Galleries, London, commencing Tuesday 6th November and is open until 1pm Sunday 11th November. A full list of exhibiting galleries is at the end of this press release or alternatively please visit the website for more information about the venues: www.bwpawards.org/c/galleries/exhibitions
The British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 9 showcases the very best entries from the British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2018. This stunning coffee table book is a celebration of British wildlife as captured on camera by today’s best amateur and professional photographers.
Naturalist, Author and Wildlife TV Producer Stephen Moss comments;
“Once again, this collection of images from the British Wildlife Photography Awards leaves us in awe of the skill, patience and artistry of the photographers whose work is showcased here. The extraordinary range of subjects, species and habitats, and the imaginative way they are portrayed, leaves us in no doubt that we in Britain are fortunate to be home to some of the most talented photographers in the world.
But stunning though this book is, it is not simply a collection of beautiful images, preserved like museum specimens for us to enjoy. It is also a snapshot of Britain’s diverse and beautiful wildlife, at a time when these wild creatures – and the places where they live – are under threat as never before.”
Exhibition Tour. (Check with the venues for their opening times)
The Mall Galleries, London – 6th November 2018 to 11th November 2018
Astley Hall, Chorley – 24th November 2018 to 31st December 2018
Luton Stockwood Discovery Centre – 21st January 2019 to 24th March 2019
Nunnington Hall, Yorkshire – 11th May 2018 to 7th July 2019
Nature in Art, Gloucester – 6th November 2018 to 6th January 2019
St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery – 19th January 2019 to 17th March 2019
Canterbury Museums & Galleries – 10th November 2018 to 17th February 2019
The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust – 11th May 2018 to 10th September 2019
Canon, WWF, RSPB Wildlife Explorers,The Wildlife Trusts, Shetland Nature, Countryside Jobs Service, Buglife, Paramo, BBC Wildlife Magazine and Outdoor Photography Magazine.
Ammonite Press, Kristal Digital Imaging Centre, Wildlife-film.com
Wildscreen Panda Awards 2018 Winners Announced! By Wildscreen
19th October 2018
Rise of the Warrior Apes, Blue Planet II and One Strange Rock lead the way at the 2018 Wildscreen Panda Awards
A gripping feature documentary, which follows a chilling political and social drama set amongst the world’s largest troop of chimpanzees, tonight walked away with the most coveted international prize in the international wildlife film and TV genre – the WWF Golden Panda Award.
RISE OF THE WARRIOR APES – produced by Keo Films, stood out amongst the 37 other finalists from 12 countries to claim not only the Golden Panda but also walked away with the Script Award and Films at 59 Sound Award. Set in Ngogo, Uganda, the epic story is told through the accounts of scientists who themselves witnessed and recorded the chilling events as they unfolded over two decades.
Elsewhere, National Geographic’s ONE STRANGE ROCK, which tells the extraordinary story of Earth, swept the board in each of the three categories for which it was nominated – Innovation, Music and the Doghouse Editing Award.
Despite receiving the most nominations, BLUE PLANET II walked away with three trophies – ORF Animal Behaviour, Panasonic Cinematography (large budget) and the National Geographic Series Award.
For the first time in the 36 year history of the Awards, the Outstanding Achievement Award was awarded to a women. Ellen Windemuth, Founder and CEO of Off The Fence Productions, received the award in honour of her dedication to and innovation within the natural world storytelling genre.
The 2018 roll of honour also included the first ever photography awards, immersing the craft fully within the 36 year old industry awards. The Animal Friends Photo Story Award went to Australian photographer Doug Gimesy for his story documenting the plight of one of the world’s largest bats, the grey-headed flying fox. And twenty-six year old Brit, Luke Massey, walked away with the inaugural Emerging Talent Photo Story Award for his story following the lives of two peregrine falcons who have made their home amongst Chicago’s skyscrapers. The finalists and winners of the Animal Friends Photo Story Awards are currently featured in a free, large-scale outdoor exhibition located on College Green, Bristol, until 7 November.
Lucie Muir, CEO of Wildscreen, said: “Humanity’s impact, interaction and stewardship of nature, whether it be on a local or planetary scale, was a consistent message weaved throughout the entries, finalists and winners of the 2018 Panda Awards competition. And for the Panda Awards themselves, we are thrilled for a year of firsts, with the role of women and photography in the global storytelling community being recognised. But most importantly, the awards underline the power of authentic voices, whether they be of scientists, filmmakers or everyday people, to tell the most extraordinary stories, in their own words, and the power those stories have to reach the hearts and minds of others for the benefit of the natural world.”
The Wildscreen Panda Awards ceremony 2018 was hosted by television presenter Lizzie Daly and United Nations Patron of the Oceans, Lewis Pugh.
The ceremony, hosted at The Passenger Shed, concludes the 2018 Wildscreen Festival – the world’s biggest global gathering of natural world storytellers. Held in Bristol, the biennial event convenes more than 900 filmmakers, photographers, broadcasters and content creators, from over 40 countries, for an unrivalled programme of 130 events, featuring 180 industry thought-leaders.
Principal sponsors of the Wildscreen Festival 2018 are BBC Studios, Disneynature, Love Nature, National Geographic and Terra Mater Factual Studios.
The full roll of Wildscreen Panda Award winners is:
ORF UNIVERSUM ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR AWARD
Blue Planet II - One Ocean BBC Studios - The Natural History Unit with The Open University and BBC America, Tencent, WDR, France Télévisions and CCTV9
Blue Planet II - One Ocean BBC Studios - The Natural History Unit with The Open University and BBC America, Tencent, WDR, France Télévisions and CCTV9
Photography by: Alfredo Barroso, Chris Bryan, Patrick Dykstra, Tom Fitz, Ted Giffords, Steve Hathaway, Roger Horrocks, Roger Munns, Didier Noirot, David Reichert, Nuno Sá & Gavin Thurston
Bringing in a new presenter, Sabah's rising star, Alex Alexander to host & to showcase Borneo's wildlife and the fantastic research and conservation work being done at Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC).
This series of films will continue to explore the work done by DGFC’s scientists and research assistants, to better understand Sabah’s wildlife, surrounding environments and their interactions with human development that will ensure the captivation of viewers young and old, nationally and internationally.
Dynasties First Look Trailer released on World Animal Day ... New series starts this month!
New exclusive footage from Dynasties, the upcoming Sir David Attenborough series that takes us on a new journey to follow the greatest animals of their kind… Follow the true stories of five of the world's most celebrated, yet endangered animals; penguins, chimpanzees, lions, painted wolves and tigers. Each in a heroic struggle against rivals and against the forces of nature, these families fight for their own survival and for the future of their dynasties.
Dynasties, BBC One’s upcoming landmark series with Sir David Attenborough, will be shown in Ultra HD and HDR on BBC iPlayer.
Each episode will be available on-demand after the programme is shown on BBC One, starting with episode 1 Chimpanzee at 8.30pm on Sunday 11th November.
It’s the latest instalment of the BBC’s Ultra HD trials, following other major series and events like Blue Planet II, the FIFA World Cup and the Wimbledon Championships. Once again, the BBC’s Ultra HD coverage will include HDR
Matthew Postgate, Chief Technology and Product Officer, BBC, said: “Dynasties is exactly the kind of landmark BBC programme that audiences want to see in Ultra HD. We’ve been trialling Ultra HD over the past couple of years as we reinvent the BBC, and it’s clear that people enjoy the increased quality. We believe our Ultra HD coverage is some of the best around – combining the higher resolution with a wider of range of colours and HDR, which really brings our world-class programmes alive.”
Manjiri Maindarkar from India & Dimitris Rad from Greece ... Congratulations and well done to both!!
Other entries included:
Australasian gannet (Morus serrator) at Muriwai Colony, New Zealand
Cape gannet (Morus capensis) on Malgas Island, South Africa
Northern gannet (Morus bassanus)
on Bonaventure Island, Quebec, Canada
Northern gannet (Morus bassanus)
on Bass Rock, Scotland, United Kingdom
You can order it as a paperback from many online bookstores all over the world (RRP £14.95). For example, it is available from The Book Depository and Wordery with free worldwide delivery . Also Amazon.co.uk & Amazon.com for paperback and Kindle versions.
If you'd like the eBook, as a PDF file (5Mb), with active email and weblinks for all entries. You can order it by PayPal for immediate download using the button found here.
Wildlife filmmaker Bertie Gregory has channeled his childhood obsession with wildlife into photography. Photos from this obsession earned him recognition early on in his career, including been named a National Geographic Young Explorer, Youth Outdoor Photographer of the Year, and Zenith Scientific Exploration Society Explorer.
Join him as he takes audiences on an adventure to iconic South Georgia Island. Sailing through the roughest ocean on the planet in a 50-foot boat, his team’s target is the sub-Antarctic island, known for its breathtaking scenery and high concentration of wildlife.
It’s a life of extremes for Antarctic fur seals. Bulls fight to the death for breeding rights, while seal moms work to raise their adorable pups. And National Geographic wildlife filmmaker Bertie Gregory was there to capture it all—follow his adventure in new episodes of Wild_Life: Resurrection Island every Thursday!
Join Rescue Doc Films as they travel to Tampa Florida to learn about the incredible work being done for captive tigers at Big Cat Rescue. The work being done at this wonderful sanctuary will be featured in their upcoming film, The Hidden Tiger.
Water is precious and we humans have a heavy impact on its availability. With this in mind Human Cannonball Romain Borrel came up with this simple but poignant storyline of an Elephant and Giraffe fighting over a bottle of water in the African heat. More: cirkus.nz/2018/08/23/elephant-vs-giraffe
"What is?" "The Kestrel is", I said. The Kestrel is back. It's been absent from this corner of the common for two years now. Its return is reassuring. Filmed in mid Wales, September 2018. Music by Chequerboard. The music can be bought here: http://chequerboard.com ISFRYN which translates from the Welsh as 'under the bank' refers to an area of ancient common land and neighbouring fields in mid Wales. This is an ongoing project that offers an opportunity to capture extended moments - observations - of both wildlife and farming within the landscape they both inhabit. You can visit ISFRYN here.
The End of Meat is a groundbreaking documentary film envisioning a future where meat consumption belongs to the past.
Although evidence of meat consumption's negative impact on the planet and on human health continue stacking up as animal welfare is on the decline, humanity's love affair with hamburgers, steaks, nuggets and chops just doesn’t end.
In Germany, home of bratwurst and schnitzel, meat is an integral part of the diet. That is, until a few years ago, when perceptions somewhat evolved. Health concerns and meat scandals led to a public debate about the ethical implications of meat consumption and the rise of plant-based diets. Meat producers launched their own vegan products; 100% vegan supermarkets opened; and almost every food manufacturer was adding and labeling vegan options. Is this the beginning of the end of meat? Are we approaching a turning point in the human-animal relationship?
In The End of Meat, filmmaker Marc Pierschel embarks on a journey to discover what effect a post-meat world would have on the environment, the animals and ourselves. He meets Esther the Wonder Pig, who became an internet phenomenon; talks to pioneers leading the vegan movement in Germany; visits the first fully vegetarian city in India; witnesses rescued farm animals enjoying their newfound freedom; observes the future food innovators making meat and cheese without the animals, even harvesting “bacon” from the ocean, and much more.
The End of Meat reveals the hidden impact of meat consumption; explores the opportunities and benefits of a shift to a more compassionate diet; and raises critical questions about the future role of animals in our society.
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