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by Maggie Gowan of British Wildlife Photography Awards
1 February 2018

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The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

A Celebration of British Wildlife


The 2018 Competition is Open for Entries

Your chance to win a prestigious award, cash prize of £5,000 and opportunity to 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 the latest camera kit 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 2017: bwpawards.org/videowinners2017

BWPA 2017 HD Video Winner - 'Caddisfly Larva' by Liam Marsh
Still from 'Caddisfly Larva' by Liam Marsh – Wildlife in HD Video Winner 2017

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

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

The Awards and Prizes

The winning pictures and best entries will be included in a touring exhibition across the UK and a stunning coffee table book. The title of British Wildlife Photographer is given to the photographer whose single image is judged to be the most striking and memorable of all the entries. The photographer of the overall winning image is awarded a first prize of £5,000.

1. Overall Winner, British Wildlife Photographer: £5,000
2. Wildlife in HD Video Winner: a Canon Professional Camcorder (Canon XA11 – The XA11 is a Full HD camcorder which feature stunning 20x 26.8mm-576mm optical zoom lenses
3. Adult Category prizes:
Each adult category winner for still images will win a prize with a value of around £1,000. Each category winner (except British Seasons, Habitat and Behaviour) will receive a a Canon camera or product worth around £1,000. The Behaviour category winner will receive a £1,000 voucher from category sponsor Shetland Nature - to be used against any Shetland Nature tour, subject to availability. The Habitat category will receive a place on a trip worth around £1,000 from category sponsor Wildlife World Wide. The British Seasons Category winner will win £1,000 in Vouchers for Paramo products.
4. WildPix Categories:
Young British Wildlife Photographer (12 - 18) - £500
Young British Wildlife Photographer (Up to 11) - £300

BWPA 2017 Highly Commended - 'Damselfly' by Keith Truman
Highly Commended in 2017 - 'Damselfly' by Keith Truman

The Sponsors

Canon, WWF, RSPB Wildlife Explorers, The Wildlife Trusts, Buglife, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Wildlife Worldwide, Shetland Nature, Páramo, Outdoor Photography Magazine and Countryside Jobs Service.


Wildeye, Wildlife-film.com and Kristal Digital Imaging Centre.

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 midnight 8th of June 2018.

The 2017 Wildlife in HD Video Winner

Caddisfly Larva by Liam Marsh from BWPAwards

The 2017 overall Winner

BWPA 2017 Overall Winner - ‘Heathrow Roostings’ by Daniel Trim
‘Heathrow Roostings’ of a Pied Wagtail at Heathrow airport, by Daniel Trim ©

In winter, pied wagtails roost communally in urban areas, both for protection and for the additional warmth given off by buildings and lights. This extra degree or two can make the difference in harsh weather. Here, a single individual out of hundreds is silhouetted by the lights of Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport.

“Living near London I'm always amazed by how nature can benefit from urban areas. There are many urban pied wagtail roosts across the UK during winter and they are incredibly important for the birds survival during these harder times, both for the additional warmth our buildings generate but also because there's safety in numbers. I waited for a cold night when their numbers swell. After about 30 minutes I hadn't seen a single wagtail, however, it wasn't long until hundreds were dropping in to the trees next to the terminal building, all calling away. It's an impressive site to see and once the initial excitement was over I spent time looking for birds I could isolate against interesting background lighting. The birds soon tuck their heads under their wing to sleep which doesn't make the silhouette as pleasing, you have to get lucky with one waking up briefly to have a look around.” Daniel Trim.

See the full list of winners here: bwpawards.org/winners2017

BWPA 2017 Highly Commended - 'Grass Snake' by Norman Watson
Highly Commended in 2017 - 'Grass Snake' by Norman Watson

BWPA 2017 Highly Commended - 'Mountain Hare' by Andy Howard
Highly Commended in 2017 - 'Mountain Hare' by Andy Howard

BWPA 2017 Highly Commended - 'Little Owl' by Ian Watson
Highly Commended in 2017 - 'Little Owl' by Ian Watson

Highlights of all the Winning and Commended films of 2017:

BWPA Highlights from 2017 from BWPAwards.

Also see: BWPA 2017 Winners Announced!

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

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