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British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014 Winners Announced!
1 September 2014

The British Wildlife Photography Awards proudly announce the winners for 2014.

The Awards celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife. Winning and commended images are chosen from thousands of entries in sixteen separate categories including a special film category for Wildlife in HD Video and three junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

“Each year the British Wildlife Photography Awards generates an incredible catalogue of splendid, exciting, imaginative and artistic images, proving beyond doubt that we have the richest palette of life to celebrate in our own backyard. Anyone passionate about protecting and preserving wildlife will be inspired by the British Wildlife Photography Awards, which in its fifth year has done more than any other award to raise the profile of British wildlife”, Chris Packham, TV Presenter and Naturalist.

The Winners

British Wildlife Photographer

BWPA Overall Winner - The Tourist
by Lee Acaster
'The Tourist' by Lee Acaster (London, England)

The winning picture ‘The Tourist’, is by Lee Acaster, for his image of a Greylag Goose in London. "It was a real privilege to have such a close encounter with a wild bird in the very heart of London. I vividly remember the excitement I felt as she patiently waited for me to get the shot, and I knew immediately this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, I’m just grateful that she didn't lose interest as quickly as my children do when I’m taking photographs of them”. Lee Acaster.

Judge Mark Ward, Editor-in-Chief, at RSPB Nature’s Home Magazine commented “The winning photograph shows a familiar bird in a familiar setting, but the visual impact is extraordinary. The stormy, brooding backdrop sets a dramatic scene, while the orange and pink from the bird bring vibrancy to the monochromatic cityscape. Lee’s stunning photograph proves you do not have to travel far from home to capture the very best of Britain’s wildlife images.”

BWPA Documentary Winner - Hazel Dormouse Monitoring by Nick Upton

BWPA Documentary Winner - Hazel Dormouse Monitoring by Nick Upton

BWPA Documentary Winner - Hazel Dormouse Monitoring by Nick Upton
BWPA Documentary Winner - Hazel Dormouse Monitoring by Nick Upton
BWPA Documentary Winner - Hazel Dormouse Monitoring by Nick Upton
BWPA Documentary Winner - Hazel Dormouse Monitoring by Nick Upton

DOCUMENTARY SERIES – 'Hazel Dormouse Monitoring' by Nick Upton (Somerset, England)

WILDLIFE IN HD VIDEO – 'Tide' by Rebecca Payne (Bristol, England)

Tide from BWPAwards

Highlights of all the commended winners:

BWPA Highlights 2014 from BWPAwards

Highly commended entries:

A Sense of Placeby Max Smith
A Sting in the Tale
by Mat Thompson
Squirrel Island
by Sam Meyrick
Crustacean Sensation
by Sue Daly
Arctic Char
by Andy Jackson
Urban Foxes by Dani Godwin
Beauty and the Beast by Tim Balmer
Sex Life of a Snail by Kathryn Feavers
Morning Placidity
by Hilxia Szabo

Congratulations to those above, especially to the members highlighted!

WildPix Young People’s Awards here:

See the full Feature Page here...

The Book

The British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 5 showcases the very best entries from the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014.

This superb collection of imagery showcases the very best of the British Wildlife Photography Awards, an annual competition celebrating the breathtaking diversity of the natural history of the British Isles. The photographs within the book demonstrate an extraordinary range of viewpoints and differing approaches. Every picture is accompanied by the photographer's personal account of the inspiration behind the image: wonderfully varied, amusing and illuminating stories that help bring us closer to the fascinating and often unseen world of nature. Also included are the photographer's notes, outlining their technique and the type of equipment used, making this an invaluable resource for anyone interested in improving their photography or investing in new equipment.The book is available here:


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Jackson Hole Science Media Awards Announces 2014 Finalists
From Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
1st August 2014

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is delighted to announce the finalists selected for its second biennial 2014 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. This year’s saw more than 480 entries competing for 21 special awards. More than 140 international judges screened an aggregated 3000+ hours in order to select the finalist films. Finalists in the peer-judged Craft Categories (Visualization, Editing, Writing and Audioscape) and Special Consideration nominations were announced August 18. The 2014 Science Media Award-winners will be selected by a distinguished panel of judges preceding the three-day Science Media Symposium, an industry conference hosted in partnership with WGBH in Boston, September 17-19, and will be announced at a gala Awards Celebration at the New England Aquarium, on September 17th.

Jackson Hole Science Media Awards Trailer from JH Wildlife Film Festival

Congratulations to members Brian Leith Productions, Gulo Film Productions, Silverback Filmsand Montana State University, MFA Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program for their nominations...

Check out the list of finalists here...


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The Wildscreen Festival 2014 is coming soon...

If you're an aspiring wildlife filmmaker and want to get your foot in the door, look no further than our ROAR Talent Speed Pitching Practice & Perfect! These sessions offer newcomers a chance to meet with industry executives to practice pitching their film ideas and receive expert feedback. To apply, please email with an overview of your film, target audience demographic and intended channel slot and time. Successful applicants will be chosen by draw and the deadline for entry is 15 September.

There are also many more opportunities for newcomers. Our How Do I Get a Job? workshop is packed full of expert hints and tips to help you kickstart your career in the industry. We also have a Beginners Underwater Filming workshop, a range of production skills workshops and a chance to have your questions answered by industry professionals.

Take a look at our programme for more incredible sessions to suit every aspiring filmmaker. is officially a Wildscreen Festival Media Partner!

Looking forward to seeing you all at the festival in Bristol, 19th-24th October... Stay tuned for this years delegate membership offer! Delegate, Concession and Day passes to festival are now on sale now:

Pitch it to me!

Got an idea that will make the dragon’s jaws drop? Well then, you’ll be as excited as we are about the return of Speed Pitching for Wildscreen Film Festival 2014! The slots are available exclusively for Festival Pass holders, and for those who are not as experienced as others there’s a pitching workshop on Sunday 19 October to get your skills up to scratch. Speed Pitching sessions offer an amazing opportunity to present your programme and project ideas to a host of both TV & Film executives in an exclusive one-to-one session. Read their full profiles online or view/download a PDF here to see exactly what they're looking for. The application deadline is Monday 8 September and we will contact successful applicants by Monday 6 October. More here:

Don't forget the Wildscreen Photography Festival (formerly WildPhotos) will be held in London straight after Wildscreen in Bristol!

Don't miss being a part of the 2014 Wildscreen Photography Festival in London. Take a look at the fantastic line-up:, including member Nick Upton - PUTTING PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE - The challenge of telling conservation tales on Sunday 26 October.

Get tickets here:


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Enter the Eden Shorts Competition!

Wildscreen and UKTV have come together to launch Eden Shorts, a unique competition that is seeking your best 1-minute nature film. Winners will receive a Panasonic 16 Megapixel Full HD Compact Camera, a place at one of our wonderful workshops and have their film screened both at the festival AND on TV! A top panel of experts will decide the winner and are looking for great camera work, editing and content. Don't miss the chance to win these fantastic prizes and submit your entry by 26 September. Good luck!


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Places available on Wildeye's Wildlife Camera Operator Course, 31 Oct - 2 Nov 2014

Wildlife Camera Operator CourseWhat is 4K? How can you get great wildlife footage from a DSLR? What does broadcast quality mean? How can you get amazing aerial shots on a budget? What do you need to take slow motion video?

Whether you are hoping for a career as a professional wildlife camera operator or want to film wildlife as a fascinating hobby, this course will arm you with the knowledge and techniques to create stunning shots and sequences. As camera technology advances apace it can be difficult to know what equipment to use (and then how to use it!), with a high tutor to student ratio, this course is unique in content and value for money.

Wildlife Camera Operator CourseThe weekend introduces the latest technology and camera systems for those who may upgrade their equipment in the future or have yet to buy a camcorder. The knowledge gained will help you choose and use the right gear for your purposes and will save you wasting money on unnecessary or inappropriate technology. The Creative Camerawork element will help you improve your techniques under expert instruction.

Wildlife Camera Operator Course
The course starts with a discussion about the latest camera technology and is then split into hands-on workshops exploring various aspects of camera use in wildlife film-making, including: wide angle, telephoto, macro, scopes, slow motion, time lapse, 3D, aerial solutions and creative techniques. It is taught by wildlife film-maker Mike Linley, Piers Warren - Principal of Wildeye, independent wildlife filmmaker Adrian Cale, Simon Beer - a video camera specialist from Production Gear Ltd and high speed camera specialist Jonathan JonesWildlife Camera Operator Course.

The location is Whitwell Hall Country Centre in the centre of Norfolk, UK.

Costs: £345 per person, which includes all tuition, accommodation, and meals.

Find out more here!

Wildlife Camera Operator Course

Booking: If the home page shows that there are still places available please complete the online application form and send in the deposit as detailed.

Wild Pages


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The NY WILD Film Festival Call For Entries is NOW OPEN!

The New York WILD Film Festival is a documentary film festival showcasing a spectrum of topics, from exploration and adventure to wildlife and the environment, bringing all things wild to the most urban city in the world.

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Through powerful, exhilarating films and conversations WILD presents an extraordinary opportunity to exchange ideas, affect vital change and celebrate the wild.

New York WILD is excited to partner again with the venerable Explorers Club whose members have accomplished many incredible “firsts” -- from the deepest point in the ocean to the surface of the moon. The festival will be held January 30-31, 2015.

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We welcome documentaries about exploration, adventure, wildlife, conservation and the environment completed between January 1, 2013 and December 2014.

Enter your films at FilmFreeway.

Contact: Nancy Rosenthal Founder & Executive Director


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Japan Wildlife Film Festival 2015 Call For Entries Open until 31st October 2014!

It is with great pleasure that the Japan Wildlife Film Festival invites you to enter our 2015 international film festival competition. The nominated works at our festivals will be localized in Japanese and will be promoted by the festival, giving you a chance to break the Japanese and Asian market.

Entries are free to enter and now open, with the regular deadline on 31st October 2014, and the final deadline for postal submissions being the 26th of December 2014. All details can be found at the following link:

The festival is a great way to communicate our shared global appreciation for the natural world via high quality film screenings in Japan. Already we have become the biggest festival of our kind in the Asia-Pacific averaging with over 400 entries from over 40 countries every festival. We hope you consider entering our 2015 festival and look forward to hearing from you. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to let us know.

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News imageBeyond Borders Film School News

News imageBeyond Borders Film School had a great past couple of months with some students producing some great short wildlife documentaries. Here is the link of their Youtube Channel if you are interested in seeing some of them:

One of their most recently produced documentary is about to go viral and is named "The Incredible Bond". This thee minuter is about an amazing relationship between a wild female baboon and a male tame horse named Jericho. Click on this link if you would like to see a wild female baboon riding a horse! This behaviour has never been filmed in the wild before!

The Incredible Bond by Rebecca Ziegler
from Beyond Borders Film School

News imageAnd in the pipeline they currently have one student producing a three minuter about Cape Fur Seals in 3D!

News imageThey still have some places available for their courses in October (starting on the 3rd of October) and in November (starting on the 11th of November) if you are interested in enrolling for their next 30 day wildlife film course and producing your own short documentary with them. You can contact Sebastien Rombi on or via telephone on +27723030582


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ITV are seaching for wildlife film bloopers for It'll be Alright on the Night!

It'll be Alright on the Night are in their 37th year and in production with another special. They are on the look out for out-takes from all over the world and in particular are keen to find some funny moments from the world of Wildlife Film. They are looking for fluffs, falls, out-takes and bloopers. Anything that went wrong during filming that's laugh-out-loud funny. As ever, they will clear all copyright and talent and so more often than not everyone's will be really happy to be included in the programme. Over the years the show has featured some of the biggest names in the film industry including Dame Judi Dench, Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig and Dustin Hoffman, to name but a few. So you'd be in good company but we need to add a few wildlife film names to that list!

Please contact if you can help with your own funny bloopers, or know of any that you think would be worthwhile including in the show! There's a £100 finder's fee up for grabs for clips that make it into the final show! :)

Brock Initiative


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Are wildlife documentaries contributing to environmental ignorance? asks ABC Radio National's Sarah L'Estrange

Wildlife films offer magnificent windows into nature, but is their romanticised view of wilderness hiding the darker side of habitat destruction and threatened species? Sarah L’Estrange asks whether David Attenborough and his ilk are keeping our eyes are wide shut.

Wildlife documentaries have been companions in our living rooms since the 1960s. They offer insights into the wonders of the natural world. However, is the world these documentaries portray a fiction? Currently, a quarter of all mammals are in danger of extinction. The number of other endangered species is too long to list. Yet you can watch a wildlife film and remain blissfully unaware of the imminent threat to lions, tigers, frogs or any other species. Conservationist and primatologist Dr Jane Goodall argues we have our ‘eyes tightly closed.’

Read more here:

Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future


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Teton GeoTourism Center - Wolverines by Conservation Media

Conservation Media produced this film on wolverines for the new Teton GeoTourism Center in Driggs, ID.

Teton GeoTourism Center - Wolverines from Conservation Media

Visit: Follow: @naturefilmmaker



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Wild Pages: The Wildlife Film-makers' Resource Guide 2014/15 Competition

Win a copy of Wild Pages 2014/15... An essential piece of kit!

Please simply send the full species name of the animal on the front cover to

A name will be drawn at random from the correct entries and the winner will be announced in the next edition of Wildlife Film News.

You can, if you prefer, just purchase a copy here: Thank you!! :)

Environmental Investigation Agency


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Chris Watson Sound App to be released on the 10th of September – The Nimbus

The Nimbus is a sonic paintbox, featuring a collection of sound works by Chris Watson contained in an app for mobile devices. It allows you to travel within immersive sounds to impossible locations and inhabit natural environments which your physical presence would disrupt; detailed sound objects of stark beauty for personal listening. Alongside these portable experiences are a set of sound games; playful as well as sonically rich, that will take you on journeys that reorganise your everyday. The Nimbus allows you to hear natural environments as they are when we are not physically present with our smells, our noises and our narratives. Use it as a travelling companion, as you commute, work, shop or move through the grid of streets subdividing your world in arbitrarily geometric sections that have little to do with the geological and ecological reality underpinning our existence. It invites you to reframe your day-to-day activities within a strangely beautiful set of sound paintings by the world's foremost sound recordist..

Nimbus will be available for free download from The Nimbus Group website from 10 September 2014.

Preview The Nimbus Follow: @ChrisRWatson

Filmmakers For Conservation


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Happy welcomes to our freelance full members who joined in August!

Kimberly Stewart - Passionate about wildlife and the environment. Biological science background, MSc in Biological Photography, looking for opportunities in research/assisting/production with the aim to move into sequence directing.

Emma Louise Blackwell - Presenter with a passion for wildlife and children's entertainment, currently presenting for BBC Worldwide and a series called Zoo News Monthly.

Shelley Lozano - Presenter, Speaker and Author who has worked internationally as a professional Entertainer for over 25 years in Theatre, TV and Radio. Shelly also runs a voluntary non-profit organization called Big Cat Conservation.

There's basic FREE membership for all here or for a much more comprehensive listing, Profile Page and additional benefits, become a full member: or

Production Gear

See 'Kit For Sale' for items from members/subscribers!

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