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British Wildlife Photography Awards

British Wildlife Photography Awards
United Kingdom

Director: Will Nicholls

Website: www.bwpawards.org

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The British Wildlife Photography Awards were established to recognise the talents of wildlife photographers of all nationalities practising in Britain, whilst at the same time highlighting the great wealth and diversity of Britain's natural history. The driving motivation to set up the Awards evolved through the nation's growing awareness of the local environment and the need for its protection.

Now in its tenth year, this highly acclaimed and unique wildlife photography competition has captivated the nation with outstanding and beautiful imagery. It is a celebration of British wildlife as well as a showcase for nature photographers, both amateur and professional.

With fifteen separate categories the subject matter covers everything from marine life and animal behaviour to creepy crawlies and urban wildlife.

Wildlife in HD is a special Award for HD Video and will be awarded to the most inspirational and dynamic film, which clearly illustrates the unique power of moving images as a medium for capturing British Wildlife.

See previous HD Video Winners:
2012 HD Video winners
2013 HD Video winners

BWPA 2018 Wildlife in HD Video Winner, Sam Oakes, on his Winning Entry

See the Winner Feature Pages:
BWPA 2013 Winners Announced!
& Highly Commended Films at the BWPAwards!
BWPA 2014 Winners Announced
BWPA 2015 Winners Announced

BWPA 2016 Winners Announced

BWPA 2017 Winners Announced
BWPA 2018 Winners Announced
BWPA 2019 Winners Announced

Adjusting to Covid-19

We can now confirm there will not be a 2020 competition. We would like to thank our photographers, sponsors, friends and supporters for their patience and we realise what a disappointment this is. At the beginning of this year we announced the competition would start later in the year than usual. With very unfortunate timing, this meant we did not open before the start of the Covid-19 crisis, and so we made the difficult decision to defer the opening. Our own team would have had difficulty in managing the competition during lockdown. We also recognise the importance of our sponsors in supporting BWPA each year, and we appreciate that some of those businesses were facing their own challenges because of Covid-19. We have now chosen to defer the next competition to 2021, to ensure the best possible competition is run when it is safe and practical to do so. Meanwhile we are undertaking the retrospective show to mark ten years of the BWPA – and to look forward to many more.


The British Wildlife Photography Awards is OPEN for ENTRIES with £15,000+ prize fund!

BWPA 2023 is now open for entries. The competition celebrates the best in UK nature photography, and we want to see what you've got!

The deadline for entries is the 19th June 2022.

To submit to the competition, please first register on the new competition website. All entrants will need to create a new account this year.

Register here: enter.bwpawards.org/login

This year's competition has a prize fund of over £15,000 in cash. The Overall Winner will take home a total of £5,750.

Early bird discount

For a limited time, you can get entry credits for the adult competition at a special Early Bird discount. But this will only be available for a very short time.

Any credits purchased now can be used at any point up until the deadline for submissions.


This year's categories in the adult competition are:

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Animal Portraits (sponsored by MPB)
  • Botanical Britain (sponsored by Countryside Jobs Service)
  • Black & White
  • Coast & Marine
  • Habitat
  • Hidden Britain
  • Urban Wildlife
  • Wild Woods (sponsored by Wildlife Watching Supplies)

We also have the following awards:

  • British Seasons - submit 4 images together that showcase either the changing seasons, or take an in-depth look at one particular season.
  • Documentary Series - a sequence of up to 6 images that showcase any British Wildlife, habitat, or landscape conservation issue.
  • Wildlife in HD Video - submit a short film of up to 3 minutes in length, showcasing your cinematography skill.

Full category descriptions can be found on the website: bwpawards.org/categories


The RSPB Young British Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is free to enter for those aged 17 years or under on the 19th June 2022.

You can enter up to 10 images in this competition. The Overall winner will take home a total of £1,000 in vouchers for camera equipment.

Please register on the website to enter: enter.bwpawards.org/login

Dates for your diary

  • June 19th '22 -- Deadline for entries
  • July/August '22 -- Request for high resolution files
  • March '23 -- Winners are announced at the awards ceremony

Book & touring exhibition

The winning images from BWPA 2023 will embark on a journey around the UK in our touring exhibition until March 2024.

They will also be published in our Collection 11 book. This hardback, coffee-table book will be filled with the best of our winners and finalists.

Don't forget to take a look at this year's judging panel who will determine the winners: bwpawards.org/judges

We look forward to seeing your entries! All the best, The BWPA Team


Marlow, Buckinghamshire

BWPA 2019 Winner of the Wildlife in HD: Dancing Spiders

2018 WILDLIFE IN HD VIDEO WINNER: “Industrial Evolution”, Teesside, Sam Oakes

Winner of the Wildlife in HD category 2018 from BWPAwards

2017 WILDLIFE IN HD VIDEO WINNER: “Caddisfly Larva” Blackdown Hills, Somerset, Liam Marsh

Caddisfly Larva by Liam Marsh from BWPAwards

Highlights of all the Winning and Commended films of 2017:

BWPA Highlights from 2017 from BWPAwards.

Spring on the River from BWPAwards
2016 Winner: “Spring on the River” Liam Marsh

Tide from BWPAwards
2014 Winner: 'Tide' by Rebecca Payne

The Last Seahorse from BWPAwards
2015 Winner: 'The Last Seahorse in Studland' by Andy Jackson

Henry and the Waxwings from BWPAwards
2013 Winner by Liz Musser

British Wildlife Photography Awards

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