Wildlife photography talent to be recognised

Friday 1st February 2013

Habitat 2012 winner Grey seal cpt Alex MustardHabitat 2012 winner: Grey seal cpt Alex Mustard

The chance to win a prestigious photography award - and £5,000 cash prize - is now available as the British Wildlife Photography Awards open today.

Established to recognise the talents of photographers practising in Britain, the British Wildlife Photography Awards also highlight 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.

The Wildlife Trusts sponsor the Habitats category.  The judges will be looking for an imaginative and original image that powerfully portrays the importance of the environment and ecosystems that sustain the wildlife within them.  This can include animals, plants, and the relationships between them; for example a butterfly feeding on wild flowers or a barn owl hunting over rough grassland.

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”.

The closing date is Saturday 4 May 2013.  

Winners and commended entrants have their work showcased in a touring exhibition and stunning book.  The prize fund is worth £20,000.

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

With 12 separate categories the subject matter covers everything from marine life and animal behaviour to creepy crawlies and urban wildlife. 

By popular demand two new categories have been introduced:

  • 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. 
  • 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 presented to the most inspirational and dynamic film (up to 90 seconds), which clearly illustrates the special power of moving images as a medium for capturing wildlife.  http://www.bwpawards.org/page/hd_video

To see awards and prizes, visit http://www.bwpawards.org/page/awards_and_prizes

The Awards ceremony and launch of the traveling exhibition will take place at the prestigious Mall Galleries, in London, during September.

Sponsors and Supporters:
The competition is sponsored by: Sky+HD, Canon, The Wildlife Trusts, WWF, RSPB, Wildlife Explorers, Forestry Commission England, City of London, Buglife, Countryside Jobs Service, Sparsholt College Hampshire, Paramo and Outdoor Photography Magazine.   Supported by: AA Publishing, Natural England and Wildlife Extra.

The Judging Panel:

  • Heather Angel - Wildlife Photographer
  • Greg Armfield - Film and Photography Manager, WWF
  • Rob Cook – Segment Manager, Professional Imaging Group, Canon
  • Mark Hamblin - Wildlife Photographer
  • Charlie Hamilton James - Photographer, Cameraman and Film-maker
  • Felicity Lanchester  - Assistant Producer, BBC Natural History Unit
  • Andrew Parkinson - Wildlife Photographer
  • James Tims - Head of Digital Assets, AA Publishing
  • Mark Ward - Editor, Birds Magazine, RSPB
  • Steve Watkins - Editor, Outdoor Photography Magazine
  • Paul Wilkinson - Head of Living Landscape, The Wildlife Trusts. 

Exhibition Tour: 
The exhibition will travel around the UK including the following venues: Mall Galleries, London, and Nature in Art (Gloucester).  Further venues will be added in due course.  

More Info:
For more detailed information about the competition, including how to enter, a full description of categories, shooting tips, and terms andconditions, please visit the competition website: http://www.bwpawards.org

Notes for Editors
1) Use title  “ British Wildlife Photography Awards - Call For Entries”
2) Include web address: http://www.bwpawards.org
3) Credit photographers
4) Images only for use with this release.
5) For further enquiries please contact:

Maggie Gowan on 07767 337 359/ 020 8546 1856 and mail@maggiegowan.co.uk

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