The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015
A Celebration of British Wildlife
CALL FOR ENTRIES
The 2015 Competition is now open for entries.
Your chance to win a prestigious award, with a cash 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 overall prize fund worth up to £20,000 includes prizes from lead sponsors Sky and 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 sixteen 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 and a school award - to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.
Wildlife in HD Video sponsored by Sky
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 2014. www.bwpawards.org/categories/wildlife-in-hd-video
Young People’s Awards WildPix / BWPA, sponsored by RSPB Wildlife
Entry is free for all young photographers with two age groups. www.bwpawards.org/page/young_awards
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
Sky’s top TV package and a 3D TV
Plus a Canon XA20 Professional Camcorder
3. Category Winners
The category winners will receive:
A Canon PowerShot G7 X Camera
4. Portfolio Winner ‘Documentary Series’
A Gitzo Tripod GT3542LS
5. Portfolio Winner ‘British Seasons’
A £600 voucher for Páramo clothing
6. The Young People’s Awards WildPix / BWPA
Young British Wildlife Photographer (12 - 18) £500
Young British Wildlife Photographer (Up to 11) £300
7. The School Award
A Wild Wonder Day with Iain Green. Plus £300
Tide from BWPAwards.
WILDLIFE IN HD VIDEO WINNER 2014 – 'Tide' by Rebecca Payne (Bristol,
The competition is open until 2nd May 2015.
All winners, commended entrants and photographers who feature in the book will be invited to an Awards ceremony and launch of the traveling exhibition which will take place at the prestigious Mall Galleries, in London, during September 2015. www.mallgalleries.org.uk
Canon, Sky, RSPB Wildlife Explorers, WWF, The Wildlife Trusts, City of London, CVP.Com, Countryside Jobs Service, Buglife, Paramo, Wild Wonders and Outdoor Photography Magazine.
Natural England, BBC Wildlife Magazine, WildPhotos, Wildeye, Wildlife-film.com, Kristal Digital Imaging Centre and AA Publishing.
Also see: BWPA 2014 Winners Announced!
The 2014 overall Winner
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.”
Highlights of all the 2014 commended HD Video entries:
BWPA Highlights 2014 from BWPAwards.
British Wildlife Photography Awards