The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016
A Celebration of British Wildlife
The British Wildlife Photography Awards proudly announce the winners for 2016.
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 special film category for Wildlife in HD Video and two junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.
The Overall Winning Image, ‘Hitchhikers’ of a Lion’s mane jellyfish, is by George Stoyle.
“Hitchhikers” (Lion’s Mane Jellyfish) St Kilda, off the Island of Hirta, Scotland
by George Stoyle ©
“I was working on a project to assess the current biological status of major sea caves around some of the UK’s most remote islands. At the end of one of the dives I was swimming back to the boat when I came face to ‘face’ with the largest jellyfish I’ve ever encountered. As I approached cautiously I noticed that a number of juvenile fish had taken refuge inside the stinging tentacles”, George Stoyle.
David Nussbaum, Chief Executive, WWF-UK comments; WWF-UK are delighted to sponsor the Coast and Marine category in the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016, celebrating the diversity, splendour and drama of UK wildlife. This year’s winning image [of a lion’s mane jellyfish] is a striking example of the natural beauty and variety of life we have within and around our shores, as well as the skill and artistry of our wildlife photographers. The photo exquisitely captures the voluptuous frills and folds, and kaleidoscope colours of this giant jellyfish. But it’s the jelly’s Piscean ‘stowaways’ that make this picture, a shoal of shimmering, glistening juvenile fish finding safe harbour amongst the tangle of tentacles.
George Stoyle is The Overall Winner with his image ‘Hitchhikers’ of a Lion’s mane jellyfish.
COAST AND MARINE
“Hitchhikers”, Lion’s mane jellyfish, St Kilda, off the Island of Hirta, Scotland, George Stoyle
ANIMAL PORTRAITS WINNER
"Contemplation" by Jamie Mina ©
“Contemplation”, Mountain hare, Tomatin, Inverness, Scotland, Jamie Mina
ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR WINNER
"Back Garden Babies" by Jacqueline Spindley ©
“Back Garden Babies”, Garden spider, Nottinghamshire, England, Jacqueline Spindley
URBAN WILDLIFE WINNER
"The Supermarket Starling" by Geoff Trevarthen ©
“The Supermarket Starling”, Cornwall, England, Geoff Trevarthen
HIDDEN BRITAIN WINNER
"Emergence" by Stephen Darlington ©
“Emergence”, Goring, Oxfordshire, England, Stephen Darlington
WILD WOODS WINNER
"Twisted Green" by Steve Palmer ©
“Twisted Green”, Derbyshire, England, Steve Palmer
"Living Space" by Charles Everitt ©
“Living Space”, Bass Rock, East Lothian, Scotland, Charles Everitt
"Bird Seed" by David Maitland ©
“Bird Seed”, Silver birch and Garden spider web, Norfolk, England, David Maitland
CLOSE TO NATURE WINNER
"Tadpoles" by Jeanette Sakel ©
“Tadpoles”, Bristol, England, Jeanette Sakel
BRITISH NATURE IN BLACK AND WHITE WINNER
"Free Bird" by Chaitanya Deshpande ©
“Free Bird”, London, England, Chaitanya Deshpande
"Fulmar Winter Sky" by Raymond Besant ©
HIGHLY COMMENDED "Fulmar Winter Sky"
Northern Fulmar, Orkney, Scotland, Raymond Besant
BRITISH SEASONS WINNER
"Common weasel" by Robert E Fuller ©
“Common weasel”, North Yorkshire, England, Robert E Fuller
DOCUMENTARY SERIES WINNER
"Harvest Mice" by Nick Upton ©
“Harvest Mice”, Monitoring and tracking Nick Upton
WILDLIFE IN HD VIDEO WINNER
Spring on the River from BWPAwards
“Spring on the River” Liam Marsh
Young People’s Award WildPix
WINNER OF THE 12-18 YEARS CATEGORY
"Kung Fu Puffin" by Rebecca Bunce ©
“Kung Fu Puffin”, Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Rebecca Bunce
WINNER OF THE UNDER-12 CATEGORY
"Cygnet with Swan" by Seren Waite ©
“Cygnet with Swan”, London, England, Seren Waite (age 10)
Highlights of all the Winning and Commended films of 2016:
BWPA Highlights 2016 from BWPAwards.
Highly commended entries:
Mountain Hare by Richard Hughes
Lady of the Stream – Grayling Spawning by Jack Perks
Barn Owl and its Pellets by Russell Savory
Biotime by Richard Mann
Rebirth by James A R Salisbury
Wild Lives in London by Rhodri Williams
Congratulations to those above, especially to the marvellous Wildlife-film.com members highlighted! (Films embedded below...)
See all HD Video Commended Entries here: www.bwpawards.org/videowinners2016
View all the winning Images, including the video winner and selection of highly commended entries here: www.bwpawards.co.uk
First prize: £5,000
Category winners will receive a Canon PowerShot G5 X
Wildlife in HD Video category winner will receive a Sky World HD package and a HD TV. Plus a Canon XA-30 Professional Camcorder.
The British Seasons Portfolio prize is a Páramo Voucher for £600.
The Young winner (under 12) will receive: £300
The Young winner (12 -18) will receive: £500
Over 100 images and videos, including winning and commended entries launches at the Mall Galleries, London, commencing Tuesday 6th September and is open until Saturday 10th September. For full details of opening hours visit: http://www.mallgalleries.org.uk.
Exhibition Tour www.bwpawards.org/c/galleries/exhibitions
Check venues times for opening hours:
The Mall Galleries, London 6th to 10th September 2016
Astley Hall, Lancashire 16th September to 5th November 2016
Nature in Art, Gloucestershire 13th September to 13th November 2016
Aberystwyth, Wales 12th November to 14th January
Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton 21st January to 26th March 2017
Moors Valley Country Park, Dorset, 14th January to 26th February 2017
Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, Wild Film Festival, 08th March to 15th April 2017
Nunnington Hall, Yorkshire, 13th May to 09th July 2017
The British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 7 showcases the very best entries from the British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2016. This stunning coffee table book is a celebration of British wildlife as captured on camera by today’s best amateur and professional photographers.
The book is available here: www.bwpawards.org/competition/book
Canon, SKY, RSPB Wildlife Explorers, WWF, The Wildlife Trusts, Shetland Nature, Countryside Jobs Service, CVP.com, Buglife, Paramo, BBC Wildlife Magazine and Outdoor Photography Magazine.
Wild Arena, Kristal Digital Imaging Centre, Wildeye.co.uk, Wildlife-film.com
British Wildlife Photography Awards