The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018
A Celebration of British Wildlife
The British Wildlife Photography Awards proudly announce the winners for 2018.
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 category for film and two junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.
The Overall Winning Image:
Contrails at Dawn (Daubenton’s Bats), Coate Water Country Park, Wiltshire by Paul Colley
Contrails at Dawn (Daubenton’s Bats) by Paul Colley ©
Ghostly contrails reveal the flight paths and wing beats of Daubenton’s bats. An infrared camera and lighting system that were 14 months in development overcame the challenge of photographing the high- speed flight of these small mammals in the dark. The in-camera double exposure caught the foreground bat milliseconds before insect intercept. As these bats are a protected species they were photographed in the wild following advice from the Bat Conservation Trust and Natural England.
“No other image in my portfolio had been so clearly conceived and yet so difficult to achieve. My artistic intent was to capture this extraordinary little bat’s speed of movement and hunting flight path, but the journey to success was littered with disappointing failures. Fortunately, fellow photographers encouraged imaginative experimentation and taught me to anticipate setbacks as a reasonable price for ultimate success. In hindsight, I experienced a huge gradient of emotion. There were the lows felt during months of long, cold and exhausting dusk-to-dawn sessions, sometimes waist deep in water and often without getting a single useable image. And then the natural highs of those light bulb moments, when new ideas blossomed, problems were solved and the project inched closer towards the potential to win this exceptional accolade.” – Paul Colley.
The Category Winners:
BLACK AND WHITE: Contrails at Dawn (Daubenton’s Bats),
Coate Water Country Park, Wiltshire, Paul Colley
ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR: Life and Death at the Edge of the World (Great Skua and Puffin), Fair Isle, Shetland, Sunil Gopalan
Life and Death at the Edge of the World (Great Skua and Puffin) by Sunil Gopalan ©
ANIMAL PORTRAITS: Bean (Badger), Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, Tesni Ward
Bean (Badger) by Tesni Ward ©
URBAN WILDLIFE: Magpie in the Snow (Magpie), Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow, Christopher Swan
Magpie in the Snow (Magpie) by Christopher Swan ©
WILD WOODS: Seasonal Overlap (European Beech), Aviemore, Highlands, Scotland, James Roddie
Seasonal Overlap (European Beech) by James Roddie ©
HABITAT: Spectacular Isolation (Mountain Hare), Cairngorms National Park, Highlands, Scotland, Andrew Parkinson
Spectacular Isolation (Mountain Hare) by Andrew Parkinson ©
HIDDEN BRITAIN: Waiting for her Prey (Nursery Web Spider), Dunchideock, Devon, Andrew McCarthy
Waiting for her Prey (Nursery Web Spider) by Andrew McCarthy ©
CLOSE TO NATURE: Goose Barnacles (Goose Barnacles), Sanna Bay, Highland, David Bennett
Goose Barnacles (Goose Barnacles) by David Bennett ©
COAST AND MARINE: Storm Gull (Lesser black-backed gull), Newhaven, East Sussex, Craig Denford
Storm Gull (Lesser black-backed gull) by Craig Denford ©
BOTANICAL BRITAIN: Kelp Bed at Dawn (Oarweed), Kingsgate Bay, Kent, Robert Canis
Kelp Bed at Dawn (Oarweed) by Robert Canis ©
DOCUMENTARY SERIES WINNER: Rehabilitated Grey Seals Being Released into the Wild, Cornwall, Ben Watkins
1 Rehabilitated Grey Seals Being Released into the Wild by Ben Watkins ©
2 Rehabilitated Grey Seals Being Released into the Wild by Ben Watkins ©
3 Rehabilitated Grey Seals Being Released into the Wild by Ben Watkins ©
4 Rehabilitated Grey Seals Being Released into the Wild by Ben Watkins ©
5 Rehabilitated Grey Seals Being Released into the Wild by Ben Watkins ©
6 Rehabilitated Grey Seals Being Released into the Wild by Ben Watkins ©
BRITISH SEASONS: Seasonal Scottish Red Squirrels (Red Squirrel), Rothiemurchus Forest, Highland, Neil Mcintyre
1 Seasonal Scottish Red Squirrels (Red Squirrel) by Neil Mcintyre ©
2 Seasonal Scottish Red Squirrels (Red Squirrel) by Neil Mcintyre ©
3 Seasonal Scottish Red Squirrels (Red Squirrel) by Neil Mcintyre ©
4 Seasonal Scottish Red Squirrels (Red Squirrel) by Neil Mcintyre ©
WINNER 12-18 YEARS: Eye of the Spawn (Common Tadpoles), Walmer Castle, Kent, Ivan Carter, Age 17
Eye of the Spawn (Common Tadpoles) by Ivan Carter, Age 17 ©
WINNER UNDER 12 YEARS: Who Says Bugs aren’t Cute (Cockchafer), Borrowdale, Cumbria, Lucy Farrell, Age 9
Who Says Bugs aren’t Cute (Cockchafer) by Lucy Farrell ©
WILDLIFE IN HD VIDEO WINNER: “Industrial Evolution”, Teesside, Sam Oakes
Winner of the Wildlife in HD category 2018 from BWPAwards
Industrial areas might not spring immediately to mind when searching for a wild encounter, but while Teesside
in the north-east of England is best known for towering factories and vast steelworks, something stirs in the
shadows. Nature is creeping back and finding a foothold between the smoking chimneys and bustling ports.
Waders forage through healthy mudflats, grey seals have returned to their daily roost, and foxes and raptors
stalk prey between iconic landmarks and relics of the industrial revolution that in the past claimed so much
of this estuarine habitat for man.
Highlights of all the Winning and Commended films of 2018:
BWPA Highlights from 2018 from BWPAwards
BWPA Compilation 2018 from BWPAwards.
Highly commended entries:
No Room At The Top by Danny Bean
A Woodland Tale by Russell Savory and Robin Lowry
The Uninvited Guests by Caroline Tout
Water Rails Golden Moments by Dean Bricknell
Starlings – Be Part Of The Conversation by Steven Fairbrother
The Offspringers by Dora Nightingale
Morning of the Moorland Matadors by Danny Bean
Endangered by Caroline Tout
Moorhens by Owen Carter
See all HD Video Commended Entries here: www.bwpawards.org/videowinners2018
View all the winning Images, including the video winner and a selection of highly commended entries here: www.bwpawards.org
First prize: £5,000
Category winners will receive prizes with a value of around £1,000. The prize fund includes: Canon EOS M5 Cameras with 15-45mm lens.
Wildlife in HD Video category winner will receive a Canon XA-11 Professional Camcorder
The Young winner (under 12) will receive: £300
The Young winner (12 -18) will receive: £500
The Exhibition Tour
Over 100 images including the winning and commended entries launches at the Mall Galleries, London, commencing Tuesday 6th November and is open until 1pm Sunday 11th November. A full list of exhibiting galleries is at the end of this press release or alternatively please visit the website for more information about the venues: www.bwpawards.org/c/galleries/exhibitions
The British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 9 showcases the very best entries from the British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2018. This stunning coffee table book is a celebration of British wildlife as captured on camera by today’s best amateur and professional photographers.
Naturalist, Author and Wildlife TV Producer Stephen Moss comments;
“Once again, this collection of images from the British Wildlife Photography Awards leaves us in awe of the skill, patience and artistry of the photographers whose work is showcased here. The extraordinary range of subjects, species and habitats, and the imaginative way they are portrayed, leaves us in no doubt that we in Britain are fortunate to be home to some of the most talented photographers in the world.
But stunning though this book is, it is not simply a collection of beautiful images, preserved like museum specimens for us to enjoy. It is also a snapshot of Britain’s diverse and beautiful wildlife, at a time when these wild creatures – and the places where they live – are under threat as never before.”
Published by Ammonite Press • 5th November 2018 • RRP £25.00
The book is available here: www.bwpawards.org/competition/book
Exhibition Tour. (Check with the venues for their opening times)
The Mall Galleries, London – 6th November 2018 to 11th November 2018
Astley Hall, Chorley – 24th November 2018 to 31st December 2018
Luton Stockwood Discovery Centre – 21st January 2019 to 24th March 2019
Nunnington Hall, Yorkshire – 11th May 2018 to 7th July 2019
Nature in Art, Gloucester – 6th November 2018 to 6th January 2019
St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery – 19th January 2019 to 17th March 2019
Canterbury Museums & Galleries – 10th November 2018 to 17th February 2019
The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust – 11th May 2018 to 10th September 2019
Canon, WWF, RSPB Wildlife Explorers,The Wildlife Trusts, Shetland Nature, Countryside Jobs Service, Buglife, Paramo, BBC Wildlife Magazine and Outdoor Photography Magazine.
Ammonite Press, Kristal Digital Imaging Centre, Wildlife-film.com
British Wildlife Photography Awards