The British Wildlife Photography Awards is a competition celebrating the diversity of the natural history of the British Isles. Entrants have the chance of winning a prestigious award, up to £20,000 worth of prizes and exposure in a nationwide touring exhibition and accompanying book.
To reflect that 2010 has been declared International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations, the competition includes a special award for conservation photography and a new category dedicated to British biodiversity and native species under threat. In the year when the UN Convention on Biological Diversity is highlighting the unprecedented global loss of species, these two new additions will focus attention on how our native species are coping. This year‘s British Wildlife Photography Awards are sponsored by Natural England.
Shield bug on Dahlia © Bill Coster
There are ten categories to excite the imagination, as well as two special awards to encourage participation by young people, schools and youth community groups (please click here for further details).
1. Animal Portraits
2. Animal Behavior
3. Urban Wildlife
4. Hidden Britain
5. Coast and Marine
6. Wildlife in my Back Yard
8. British Seasons
9. International Year of Biodoversity
10. The 2020VISION Special Award
The competition is also supported by: WWF, The Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Buglife, Countryside Council for Wales, Outdoor Photography Magazine, Scottish Natural Heritage, The National Trust and The National Trust for Scotland. Buglife is sponsoring the Hidden Britain category where entries are restricted to invertebrates.
|Oil beetle © Phil Roxby|
With a prize fund of up to £20,000 and the overall winner receiving a cash prize of £5,000, the images receiving judges’ commendations will be included in a series of nationwide exhibitions throughout 2010/2011, including a prestigious launch and awards event in London in October 2010.
For more detailed information about the competition, how to enter, a full description of categories, shooting tips, and terms & conditions, please visit: www.bwpawards.org
The closing date is Friday 4 June 2010.