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British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015 - Call for Entries
by Maggie Gowan of British Wildlife Photography Awards
1 February 2016

The 2016 Competition is Open for Entries

Your chance to win a prestigious award, with a cash first prize of £5,000 and reach millions through national exposure. Help raise awareness about British wildlife and celebrate our natural heritage. Winners and commended entrants will have their work showcased in a touring exhibition and stunning book, and will be invited to an exclusive Awards ceremony in London.

The £20,000 prize fund includes products from lead sponsor Canon.

The awards recognise the talents of photographers practising in Britain whilst also highlighting the great wealth and diversity of British natural history. A celebration of British wildlife as well as a showcase for photographers and videographers, both amateur and professional.


There are fifteen separate categories including animal behaviour, urban wildlife, habitat, animal portraits, marine life, the hidden secret world that lies in the undergrowth and a special award for wildlife in HD Video. Also two junior categories - to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

Wildlife in HD Video

In addition to still photography there is a great opportunity to capture wildlife in action and win an amazing prize. Be inspired by the video winner and commended entries in 2015.

Young People’s Awards WildPix / BWPA, sponsored by RSPB Wildlife Explorers

Entry is free for all young photographers with two age groups.

Chris Packham, Naturalist and TV Presenter said "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 sixth year has done more than any other award to raise the profile of British wildlife.

The Awards and Prizes

1. Overall Winner, British Wildlife Photographer: £5,000
2. Wildlife in HD Video Winner: Canon XA30 Professional Camcorder
3. The category winners will receive: A Canon PowerShot G5 X Camera
4. Portfolio Winner ‘British Seasons’: A £600 voucher for Páramo clothing
5. The Young People’s Awards WildPix / BWPA:
Young British Wildlife Photographer (12 - 18) £500
Young British Wildlife Photographer (Up to 11) £300

The Sponsors

Canon, RSPB Wildlife Explorers, WWF, The Wildlife Trusts, BBC Wildlife Magazine, CVP.Com, Countryside Jobs Service, Buglife, Paramo and Outdoor Photography Magazine.


Natural England, Wildeye,, Kristal Digital Imaging Centre and AA Publishing.

Awards Ceremony

All winners, commended entrants and photographers who feature in the book will be invited to an Awards ceremony and launch of the traveling exhibition.


The competition is open until 30th April 2016.

The Last Seahorse from BWPAwards.

2015 WILDLIFE IN HD VIDEO WINNER – 'The Last Seahorse in Studland'
Camera, Edit & Production by member Andy Jackson, Written & Narrated by Jacky Daley (SubSeaTV
Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England)

"We’re thrilled to share that our film The Last Seahorse in Studland? has won the Wildlife in HD Video category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015. Every year, we’re inspired by the beautiful photographs and films that tell dynamic, breathtaking, and intimate stories of Britain’s wildlife across all categories of the BWPAwards. It’s a great honour to have our work recognised amongst such talented company. Big congratulations to all the other category winners and commended entries. We’re hopeful that winning the competition will bring more attention to the plight of British seahorses and help to protect one of our most iconic marine animals."

Read the full call here...


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Eco-Comedy Video Competition Spring 2016 – CALL FOR ENTRIES “Clean Water” Sponsored by: Center for Environmental Filmmaking & The Nature Conservancy – **$2,000 Prize**

The 2016 Eco-Comedy theme is “Clean Water”

Produce a short, humorous video for YouTube tackling this year’s theme. “Connect the drops” between clean water and life. The contest is open to anyone worldwide who has a flair for producing videos and something to say about conservation.

Submissions must:

  • Be humorous!
  • Communicate a clear (and funny!) message around the broad theme of “clean water” and overall environmental conservation.
  • Appeal to a broad audience.
  • Be an original production.
  • Be less than three minutes (including titles and credits).
  • Be posted to EcoComedy Video Competition 2016 YouTube Channel at:
  • Be submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Time Zone on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016.

A panel of five judges representing The Nature Conservancy and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking will determine the finalists and grand prize winner. The decision of the judges is final. Awards are based on overall merit of the entries. Judges reserve the right not to grant an award. The organizations listed above reserve the right to post submissions on their websites and social media channels.

Submissions that are not received by Tuesday, March 1, 2016, will not be accepted. Finalists will be announced on Friday, March 4, 2016. The winner will be announced at American University on Tuesday, March 22, at the DC Environmental Film Festival at 7:00 p.m., in the Forman Theater located in the McKinley Building on the American University campus.

For more information regarding submission guidelines and contest rules, visit:

Questions may be addressed to Chris Palmer at


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The 11th Annual Spring 2016 Film Series
- An SOC Signature Series
Created and Hosted by Chris Palmer - AUCEF
1 February 2016

Free and Open to the Public - No Reservations Required

  • Tuesday, February 9 at 7 pm
    Reception at 6:30 pm with food and drink. Highlights from the 2016 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (EFF), March 15-26
  • Tuesday, February 23 at 7 pm—Part of SOC Week
    Reception at 6:30 pm with food and drink. Reality TV, Garbage Juice and Me - Michael Cascio

Note: The March 19-25 events below are all part of Washington D.C.’s Environmental Film Festival.

  • Saturday, March 19 at 4 pm
    When Mickey Came to Town (USA, 2016, 30 min.) World Premiere.
  • Saturday, March 19 at 7 pm
    Reception at 6:00 p.m. with food provided by Chaia, a local “farm to taco” vegetarian restaurant.
    Farming for the Future - Enduring Traditions, Innovative Practices
  • Tuesday, March 22 at 7 pm Reception at 6:30 pm with food and drink.
    An Evening with Chris Palmer - The Most Important Environmental/Conservation Films of All Time
  • Wednesday, March 23 at 7 pm
    Student Short Environmental Film Festival
  • Thursday, March 24 at 7 pm
    Ok, I’ve Watched the Film, Now What?
  • Friday, March 25 at 7 pm
    Containment (USA, 2015, 82 min.) Washington, D.C. Premiere.
  • Tuesday, March 29 at 7 pm
    Chesapeake Footsoldiers

Read full details here...


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Check out the 'UK National Fish Vote' from Jack Perks

Here's your chance to vote for the first national fish of the UK!

Other countries have national fish with Japan having the Koi carp and South Africa has the Galjoen. The UK already has a national bird with the robin topping the list last year (over 200,000 people voted) We have a plethora of amazing species to be found around our coastline and in freshwater habitats but often get overlooked by other species. This vote is a celebration of all things fish and raising awareness for species and issues that face them.

More here:

UK National Fish Vote from Jack Perks

Make a film under 1 minute with your name and which species should win and why and we'll put it on the youtube channel for others to see or upload to your own channel with the heading: National Fish Vote (name of species)

National Fish Vote: Make a 1 minute fish plea from Jack Perks

Go to to vote!

Brock Initiative


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New YouTube Channel from Rubén Duro Pérez: Tiny World

Ruben has started a new adventure on the Internet. He's launced his new YouTube channel with the aim of showing one of the things he likes the most: showing the wonders of the natural world around us, specially that world that we cannot see with our naked eyes and which has plenty of amazing surprises. Every week he'll upload a new video of the series "A world to discover". He'll try to show, and discover, the beauty, the interest and the importance of these organisms usually unnoticed by us. He encourages you to visit the channel and to discover the wonders of the microscopic world (and the other one!).

A World To Discover from Tiny World



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The Eagles Next Door for CBC’s The Nature of Things from Parallax Film Productions

In possibly the world’s single greatest conservation success story, Bald Eagles have gone from the brink of extinction to numbers never before seen in just fifty years.

The eagle has our backyards. Nesting on hydro towers, construction beams, in suburban parks, and urban neighbourhoods, bald eagles are an exotic reminder of the wilderness that surrounded many of our cities’ landscapes. These majestic predators epitomize survival. Their story is one of opportunism and adaptation in the face of a rapidly changing ecological landscape. We follow the unfolding story of a single breeding pair in the suburbs of Vancouver, Canada, over the course of a year. Via the social media phenomena known as ‘nestcams’ we are able to witness their amazing lifecycle, and understand the adaptations they’ve made to be successful in the city. Wildlife biologists, conservationists, rescuers, and online nestcam fans illuminate the lives of our newly arrived wild neighbours. Stunning landscape shots and intimate close-ups leave the viewer in awe of this special bird. Exclusive nestcam footage of this year’s dramatic breeding, hatching, and fledging season brings unparalleled understanding and access.

The Eagles Next Door for CBC’s The Nature of Things from Parallax Film

The Eagles Next Door airs in Canada Thursday, February 4, 2016 on CBC at 8 pm, 8:30 in Newfoundland.

Wild Pages


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The Secret Life of the Tawny Owl now available from Dave Culley

After spending 10 years filming the lives of Sparrowhawks ... a pair of Tawny Owls moved onto the island forcing the sparrowhawks out. This gave me an opportunity to film another of our great and very elusive British birds' lives. Tawny Owls are often heard but very rarely seen, until now.

"My new film took five years to achieve! It was extremely challenging to do it alone for many months each year, filming from 18 hours a day to capture there intimate lives. At times, to capture egg laying, hatching and fledging, I had to stay awake as long as three days to capture these special moments. A lot more happens in the daytime than many people realise and so, to capture all the activity that I could during the day, I'd grab just 4 hours a day to sleep. The Secret Life of the Tawny Owl covers all the breeding season from November to August when the juvenile owls are pushed away to find there own way in life. It will be a great struggle for them to establish their own territory and many never make it. The DVD will be available from around the 30th November 2015, this is a world first and all of my footage is of wild birds and animals nothing faked by using pet birds or animals." Dave Culley

secret life of the tawny owl from dvr365

Get the film for just £15 (incl P&P) here:

British Wildlife Photography Awards


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Wildscreen offers wildlife film and TV makers new ways to win one of its coveted Panda awards
By Wildscreen
28 January 2016

Wildscreen will be giving fresh talent, lower budget productions, and innovators more chances to win one of its coveted Panda Awards when the world’s biggest festival of natural history film and TV storytelling returns to Bristol, UK, from 10 – 14 October 2016.

Launching the Festival’s latest call for entries, Lucie Muir, CEO of the charity which runs the biennial event, said: “Approaches to natural world storytelling are constantly evolving and Wildscreen seeks to reflect this when celebrating and honouring the best. So our 2016 Panda Awards competition will offer two Cinematography prizes, distinguishing between lower budget shoots involving three camera operators or fewer and those employing bigger camera teams, while our Innovation Award will expand to introduce separate prizes for creative and technological innovation.

We will also do more to encourage and celebrate industry newcomers by offering an Emerging Talent Award – open to individuals doing exceptional new work in any area of natural history production, be it for a single project or a series.”

Read the full press release here...


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Wildscreen Panda Awards 2016 - Open for Entries!

We are pleased to announce that the Wildscreen Panda Awards 2016 Call for Entries is now open!

Submit online from today to be in with a chance of winning one of the world's most internationally renowned awards for outstanding achievement in the craft of natural world filmmaking and storytelling. Closing date for entries is Wednesday 23 March.


For more information, rules and guidelines, visit:


Approaches to natural world storytelling are constantly evolving and it's important that our Awards reflect this.

So our 2016 competition will offer two Cinematography Awards, distinguishing between lower budget shoots involving three camera operators or fewer and those employing bigger camera teams.

The Innovation Award is also being expanded, introducing an award each for creative and technological innovation.

We are also doing more to encourage and celebrate industry newcomers by offering an Emerging Talent Award – open to individuals doing exceptional new work in any area of natural history production, be it for a single project or a series.


To celebrate the launch of the Awards, we are releasing a limited number of week passes with a 50% discount off the standard price. Buy tickets here. Catch them quick! Sale end on 18 February!!

Wildscreen are Hiring too!!

We're looking for two bright and enthusiastic individuals to support our forward thinking, innovative and ambitious team at an exciting time of evolution and growth for the organisation.

Festival Assistant
Salary: £19k pa, pro rata
Contract: Full time, fixed-term ending 30 November 2016

A vital part of the delivery team for the October 2016 Wildscreen Festival, this is a varied role incorporating elements of programming, marketing and administration. The successful applicant will have had several years of office-based employment - with some element of production or event management experience - along with a knack for organising data, handling large amounts of correspondence and an enthusiastic approach to managing a very busy workload and tight deadlines.

Admin Assistant
Salary: £16k pa, pro rata
Contract: Full time, initial fixed term ending 30 November 2016 with the possibility of extension

Working across our world-leading initiatives, this role will provide day-to-day administration support for our small, dynamic team. The successful applicant will have at least one year's previous experience in an office administration role and will have a proactive and helpful approach, strong writing / numeracy skills and a real willingness to get stuck in and make a real difference to our tiny but ambitious charity.

Application process

Please submit your CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability for the position for which you're applying to

Deadline for Festival Assistant applications: Monday 8 February at 5pm. Interviews will be held on Monday 15 February.
Deadline for Admin Assistant applications: Monday 15 February at 5pm. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 23 February.

The interviews will be held at Wildscreen's office in central Bristol. We regret that we cannot offer an alternative date for interview and will not be able to accommodate Skype interviews.


So You Want to Be a WIldlifre Photographer?


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Read Sandesh Kadur's Felis Creations blog post 'Highs and Lows of 2015 in the Field'!

The Felis team has had a wild ride in 2015, documenting the incredible diversity of life all around! The team traveled extensively from the frigid snow-covered peaks of the Himalaya to the lush forests of the Western Ghats in the south. Read on to hear the crew’s highs and lows of 2015!

Wild India : Jana Gana Mana National Anthem of India HD from FelisTV Sandesh Kadur


REVOLUTION - The movie


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Ménigoute Festival 2016 - Call for entries!

Dear producers, We are pleased to remind you that the 32nd Festival of Ménigoute will take place from 27 October to 1st November 2016 and that the deadline is 1st May 2016.

We will welcome all your propositions of documentaries where the wild animals are starring (birds, mammals, fish, insects…) providing they won’t have been screened before in another French event. There is no entry fee.

You will find on our website the rules to be observed and the entry forms to be completed and to send us along with the DVD of the films submitted.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for any further detail.

Best regards, Adeline Louvet
Responsible international relations
Tél.+33(0)5 49 69 90 09


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Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam 2016 - Call for Entries

Wildlife Film Festival Rotterdam is now open for entries.

The Netherlands' main wildlife film festival will be held in the city centre of Rotterdam from 27 - 30 October 2016.

We screen movies with a central focus on the natural world, but also critical and informative offerings on the environment and sustainability. We would like to invite both professional and non-professional filmmakers from anywhere in the world to participate. The competition is free of fees.

Please visit our website for the submission form. Films will be awarded by a Jury as well as by the public during the festival.


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2016 Environmental Film Festival Will Present 130+ Films Across the City from March 15-26

The 24th annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, the largest and longest-running environmental film festival in the country, will present 130+ films selected to provide fresh perspectives on a wide variety of environmental issues facing the earth, from March 15-26. “Parks: Protecting Wild,” exploring the vital role of parks and protected areas in sheltering wildlife and natural resources on our planet, will be the focus of a selection of 2016 Festival films. Screenings will include discussion with filmmakers, scientists and environmental experts, and many are free. The complete Festival schedule will be posted in mid-February at

Films will highlight endangered and threatened wildlife, from birds such as the Puffin, the Bluebird, the Hispaniolan Emerald, and the Osprey, to the plight of lions in Africa and Asia, Monkeys in Sri Lanka and, closer to home, wild horses in the American West and the status of the Atlantic blue crab Download details on specific films are HERE.


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NaturVision 2016 - Call for Entries open until 29/2!

We are already in the middle of our preparations for the 15-year anniversary of the NaturVision Film Festival. We want to make it a particularly varied and exciting programme this year and for that we need YOUR films! So don’t forget: we must receive your entries by 29 February

Two focus areas for the festival have already been decided: Our special topic for 2016, under the theme "Islands of the Future", deals with the "Future of the City". Also, in the light of current events, we will be looking at the subject "Return of the wolf to central Europe". If you have any new productions on these topics, we would be delighted to receive them. But we are also interested in productions from before 1 January 2015 on this theme. If you have a film, please let us know at

We look forward to all the films still to arrive here in the next few weeks – and of course to seeing you again in July.

Environmental Investigation Agency


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Watch & Listen to Mark Ferguson's PLASTIC

PLASTIC is a minimal, text-based environmental film that utilises the power of computer programming languages to sonify – or audibly represent – statistics regarding plastic pollution in the world's oceans. Important: please set your audio system to a normal/safe output level before watching this film.

PLASTIC from Mark Ferguson


Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future


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Welcome to those that first joined us as new full members in 2016!

Peace for Conservation - A non-profit organization based in Tanzani,a East Africa, to empower communities to engage in conservation, through Football tournament for elephant conservation, Community mobilization, ecotourism initiatives, TV shows in school and community!

Sam Nightingale - Documentary and field sound recordist and sound artist, particularly passionate about nature and environmental sound.

Kevin Thompson - An experienced location sound recordist and studio engineer based in Highgate, North London.

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

Filmmakers For Conservation

Production Gear

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


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