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by Maggie Gowan of British Wildlife Photography Awards
1 February 2016

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The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016

A Celebration of British Wildlife


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.

BWPA 2015 HD Video Winner - 'The Last Seahorse in Studland' Andy Jackson
Still from 'The Last Seahorse in Studland' Andy Jackson

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. www.bwpawards.org/categories/wildlife-in-hd-video

BWPA 2015 HD Video Winner - 'The Last Seahorse in Studland' Andy Jackson
Still from 'The Last Seahorse in Studland' Andy Jackson

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

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: a Sky TV package for a year, an HD TV and a 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

BWPA 2015 HD Video Winner - 'The Last Seahorse in Studland' Andy Jackson
Still from 'The Last Seahorse in Studland' Andy Jackson

The Sponsors

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


Natural England, Wildeye, Wildlife-film.com, 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 photo competition is open until 30th April 2016.
The Wildlife in HD Video category is open until 22nd May 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." www.subseatv.net

Also see: BWPA 2015 Winners Announced!

The 2015 overall Winner

BWPA 2015 Overall Winner - 'On the Edge' by Barrie Williams
'On the Edge' by Barrie Williams

A striking image of seabirds nesting on cliffs and flying over an inky-black sea has scooped the top prize in the 2015 British Wildlife Photography Awards. Barrie Williams, from Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland, beat thousands of entries to win the overall prize of £5,000 with a photograph of gannets in the Shetland Isles, described as "beautiful and evocative" by the judges.”

Highlights of all the 2015 commended HD Video entries:

BWPA Highlights 2015 from BWPAwards.

Maggie Gowan
British Wildlife Photography Awards
Email: mail@maggiegowan.co.uk
Website: www.bwpawards.co.uk

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