Entries open for 2012 British Wildlife Photography Awards

Wednesday 1st February 2012

Image from 2011 Living Landscape category by Paul HobsonImage from 2011 Living Landscape category by Paul Hobson

Entries for the 2012 British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA), in which The Wildlife Trusts have a category, are now open.

The Awards give keen wildlife photographers a chance to win a prestigious photography award and cash prize of £5,000. With an overall prize fund up to £20,000, winners and commended entrants will have their work showcased in a national touring exhibition and stunning book.

The British Wildlife Photography Awards were established to recognise the talents of wildlife photographers of all nationalities practising in Britain, whilst at the same time highlighting the great wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history. The driving motivation to set up the Awards evolved through the nation’s growing awareness of the local environment and the need for its protection.

Now in its fourth 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 nature photographers, both amateur and professional.

Categories http://www.bwpawards.org/categories

With twelve separate categories the subject matter covers everything from marine life and animal behaviour to creepy crawlies and urban wildlife. These include The Wildlife Trusts’ Living Landscape: Connectivity category.

Living Landscape: Connectivity
Many of our wildlife rich places are isolated and people are becoming more disconnected from the nature around them. Addressing these 'connectivity' issues is at the heart of The Wildlife Trusts recovery plan for nature, A Living Landscape. This category aims to encourage imaginative responses to capture this sense of connectivity or lack of it. Positive images illustrating how habitats, species, communities and individuals interconnect within urban and rural setting are encouraged.

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: http://www.bwpawards.org

Awards and Prizes

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 form part of a series of nationwide exhibitions. Winners and commended entries will also be featured in the coffee table book British Wildlife Photography Awards Collection 3, published by AA Publishing.

The Awards ceremony and launch of the traveling exhibition will take place at the prestigious Mall Galleries, in London. www.mallgalleries.org.uk

Overall Winner, British Wildlife Photographer £5,000

All Category winners will receive photographic products or similar - value £1,000
(prize package to be confirmed shortly)
The Young People’s Awards
There are two special awards to encourage participation by young people.
These are free to enter.
Young British Wildlife Photographer (Up to 11) £300
Young British Wildlife Photographer (12 - 18) £500

The competition will be open for entries on 1st February 2012. The closing date is 12th of May 2012. Entrants will be able to submit entries on-line or via post.

The Judging Panel

Neil Aldridge - Conservation Photojournalist, Greg Armfield - Film and Photography Manager WWF, David Fidler - Account Manager, Canon, Danny Green - Photographer, Sue Herdman - Magazine Editor National Trust Magazine, Stephen Moss - Naturalist and TV Producer, Andy Rouse - Wildlife Photographer, Diane Smyth - Deputy Editor British Journal of Photography, Christina Vaughan - Managing Director Image Source, Steve Watkins - Editor Outdoor Photography Magazine, Paul Wilkinson - Head of Living Landscape, The Wildlife Trusts, Mark Ward - Editor Birds Magazine / RSPB, David Watchus - Publisher AA Publishing.


The exhibition will travel around the UK. Including the following venues: Mall Galleries (London), Nunnington Hall (Yorkshire), Moors Valley Country Park (Dorset) Nature in Art (Gloucester) and Luton Museum. The full schedule to be confirmed.