The British Wildlife Photographer Awards

The British Wildlife Photographer Awards is now calling for this year’s entries.There is a cash prize of £5,000 for the overall winner and a number of other prizes for runners-up. There are 12 existing categories covering all manner of British wildlife, with the addition of two new categories looking at botanical Britain and macro photography.The competition is now open and the deadline is 4 May 2013.

Press release:

Your chance to win a prestigious photography award and cash prize of £5,000. Winners and commended entrants will have their work showcased in a touring exhibition and stunning book. The overall prize fund is worth £20,000.The British Wildlife Photography Awards were established to recognise the talents of photographers practising in Britain, whilst at the same time highlighting the great wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history. Now in its fifth year, this highly acclaimed and unique wildlife photography competition has captivated the nation with outstanding and beautiful imagery. It is a celebration of British wildlife as well as a showcase for photographers, both amateur and professional.
Richard Benyon, Environment Minister comments on the winners of 2012, “These photographs, as well as being aesthetically beautiful in their own right, are also a vital reminder of this nation’s greatest wealth”.Red squirrel by Mark Hamblin


With twelve separate categories the subject matter covers everything from marine life and animal behaviour to creepy crawlies and urban wildlife. By popular demand we have introduced two new categories:Botanical Britain – This category includes botanical subjects including: trees, plants, flowers, fungi and algae. Capture the essence, beauty and diversity of the botanical world, whether close-up, macro or as part of a wider scene. Sponsored by Countryside Job Service.Natural Details – The beauty of nature close up. For this category we are looking for innovation and creativity whether figurative or abstract and from any aspect of British wildlife – flora, fauna and the natural environment. For example: a study of wild flowers, shells on the sea shore, an insect’s wing, or patterns made by rock, ice, and water.In addition to still photography there is a great opportunity to capture wildlife in action and win an amazing prize:
Wildlife in HD sponsored by Sky+HD:
This special Award for HD Video will be awarded to the most inspirational and dynamic film (up to ninety seconds), which clearly illustrates the special power of moving images as a medium for capturing British Wildlife.