British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017

Monday 6th February 2017  – The 2017 competition is now 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 2016.


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


1. Overall Winner, British Wildlife Photographer. £5,000                                         


2. Wildlife in HD Video Winner


Canon XA30 Professional Camcorder


3. 8 Category prizes:


Canon’s flagship mirrorless camera, the EOS M5 with EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens.


4. The Young People’s Awards WildPix / BWPA

Young British Wildlife Photographer  (12  – 18)    £500

Young British Wildlife Photographer  (Up to 11)   £300

The Sponsors

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




Natural England, WildEye, Wildlife, 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.

Dates The competition is open until 3rd June.