BWPA prize shots announced

Monday 26th September 2011

Now in its third year, the acclaimed BWPA competition has created another stunning showcase of British wildlife.

The winning image of a jellyfish was captured by Richard Shucksmith.  His photo was taken at Sula Sgeir (meaning Gannet Rock) a small uninhabited
Scottish island, 41 miles north of Lewis.  The inhospitable area is home to exposed islands sustaining an astounding variety of marine life.  The remoteness of these islands, as well as the challenge that comes with visiting them, makes Richard’s incredible photo all the more special.

Greg Armfield, Photography and Film Manager from WWF said:  “A truly beautiful shot of a jellyfish that perfectly captures its iridescent colours and magical qualities. All the more remarkable that it exists in UK waters.  Fantastic.”

Competition judge Paul Wilkinson, Head of Living Landscape for The Wildlife Trusts, said:  “We are delighted to see how many people from around the UK were inspired by the competition to explore nature in their local area.  This year’s entries reflected a real passion, and affection, for local wildlife.  This competition is a special opportunity to give the natural world that surrounds us the recognition, and reverence, it deserves.”

The Winners are:


Richard Shucksmith, Jellyfish in the Blue Sea of Sula Sgeir, Scotland


Oliver Wilks, fox yawning (aged 16)
Walter Lovell, frog with spawn (aged 8)

3. CATEGORY WINNERS (£1,000 worth of prizes from Canon)

COAST AND MARINE, Richard Shucksmith, “Jellyfish in the Blue Sea of Sula Sgeir”

ANIMAL PORTRAITS, Mark Smith “Mystical Mist, Fallow Deer

HABITAT, Ian Paul Haskell “Hare in Morning Light with Hoar Frost”

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, Andrew Parkinson “Grey Heron Walking on Water”

URBAN WILDLIFE, David Biggs “Champagne Starling”

WILDLIFE IN MY BACKYARD, Rana Dias “Busy Wasp on Blackberries”

HIDDEN BRITAIN, Leslie Holburn “Scorpion Fly on a Leaf”

Connectivity, Graham Eaton “Llyn Idwal – War and Peace”

BRITISH SEASONS, Ross Hoddinott “Summer Insects”

DOCUMENTARY SERIES, Neil Aldridge “Its Only a Game”

WILDLIFE ON VIDEO, Mark Sisson “Great Crested Grebe Family”

Winning Video can be viewed here: link


BWPA are delighted that the touring exhibition of around 70 images will launch this year at the very first WildlifeXpo, which takes place on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 October at Alexandra Palace, London.  The exhibition continues until 28th October.

A year-long tour of the exhibition will follow throughout England, Scotland and Wales.  For full details of the nationwide tour visit:

For more detailed information about the competition, including how to enter, list of categories, shooting tips, and terms & conditions, please visit the competition website:

British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 2

The British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 2 showcases the very best entries from the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2011.  This stunning coffee table book is a celebration of British wildlife as captured on camera by today’s best amateur and professional photographers. 

With ten separate categories covering everything from marine life and animal behaviour to creepy crawlies and urban wildlife; the book beautifully reveals the unseen splendour and surprising diversity of Britain’s wildlife.  There are also two special junior categories to encourage young people to connect to nature through photography.  Unlike other wildlife competitions the Awards are uniquely British, with all of the images in the book taken in the UK.

This superb and inspiring book, British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 2 is on sale now (AA Publishing, £25, ISBN 0749571152). Available from AA publishing and all good book stores.

The British Wildlife Photography Awards are sponsored by: Canon, WWF, The Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Countryside Council for Wales, Scottish Natural Heritage, Towergate Camerasure, Country Side Jobs Service, Buglife, Genesis Imaging, Wildlife Extra, Wildlife Expo and Outdoor Photography Magazine.

Natural England, National Trust for Scotland and National Trust.


Images are available for use with this release only and photos are available on request.  Please credit all photographers and BWPA.  Please always include the competition’s web address:

The winning video can be viewed here:

Contact: Maggie Gowan: 07767 337 359 /

Main Award Categories:
There are ten categories to excite the imagination, as well as two special awards to encourage participation by young people, and a new award of Wildlife captured on Video.

1. Animal Portraits
2. Animal Behavior
3. Urban Wildlife
4. Hidden Britain
5. Coast and Marine
6. Wildlife in my Back Yard
7. Habitat
8. British Seasons
9. Living Landscapes: Connectivity
10. Documentary Series
11.Wildlife on Video 
12. Young British Wildlife Photographers

1.Young Photography
The title of Young British Wildlife Photographer is given to the two young photographers (up to 11 yrs and 12 -18 yrs) whose single image is judged to be the most striking and memorable of the young entries.

2.Nationwide year-long tour of the BWPA Eexhibition.  Please visit venue websites for daily opening times. 

14 – 28 October, Alexandra Palace, London
4 – 23 October, Nature in Art Gallery, Gloucestershire (highlights)
6 November – 18 December, Nunnington Hall (National Trust), Yorkshire

21 January - 4 March, Moors Valley Country Park, Dorset
10 March - 1 April, Calke Abbey (National Trust), Derbyshire
6 April - 25 May , Penrhyn Castle (National Trust), North Wales
1 -29 June, Glencoe Visitor Centre (National Trust for Scotland) , Scotland (highlights)
Early October 2012 – Feb/March 2013, Horniman Museum, London (highlights)
Please visit venue websites for daily opening times.

Established in 2009, these Awards were created to celebrate the talents of both amateur and professional photographers, while simultaneously highlighting the great wealth and diversity of British natural history.

For more detailed information about the competition, including how to enter, a full description of categories, shooting tips, and terms & conditions, please visit the competition website: