A Celebration of British Wildlife

Wednesday 4th September 2013

In the Living RoomIn the Living Room

The British Wildlife Photography Awards proudly announce the winners for 2013.

The Awards were created to celebrate the talents of both amateur and professional photographers, while simultaneously highlighting the great wealth of British natural history. 

With 12 categories including a special category for Wildlife in HD Video, the Awards beautifully reveal the splendour of Britain’s wildlife. There are also two junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

These stunning images by so many talented photographers highlight the diversity, breadth and beauty of our precious wildlife and the need to protect their habitats

The Winner
British Wildlife Photographer 2013 is George Karbus, for his image of a dolphin surfing entitled “In the Living Room”. George shares his magical moment::

“The photograph was taken in the most intimidating and surf-heavy spot on the Coast of Northern Ireland. I encountered this playful dolphin that suddenly started to surf the deep tube inside the waves. Each time the dolphin got into the wave, I dived underneath, held my breath and waited for the moment when he would swish through a silver barrel close enough to my lens. Water visibility is always very limited in Ireland, and I was very lucky to get a shot like this.”

The category winners are:

Mark Thomas, “Tommy” (Tompot Blenny, North Wales)
Robin Orrow, “Deadly Rivals” (Grey Wagtail, Norfolk)
Jamie Hall, “Fallow Deer on Housing Estate” (London)
James Knight, “Viewpoint” (Snail, Buckinghamshire)
George Karbus, “In the Living Room” (Bottlenose Dolphin, Northern Ireland)
Richard Packwood, “Badger in the Woods” (Mid Wales)
Margaret Walker, “Red Deer Stags Enduring Blizzard” (Cairngorms, Scotland)
Robert Canis, “In the Shadow of Giants” (Saffrondrop Bonnet, Kent)
Michael Gallagher, “Cuttlefish Detail” (Dorset)
Tomasz Garbacz, “Ptarmigan” (Scotland)

Neil Aldridge, “The Alternative” (Badger Vaccination, SERIES Bedfordshire)

Liz Musser, “Henry and the Waxwings” (Fair Isle, Shetland, Scotland)

WildPix Young People’s Awards
Under 12 Liam Constantine for his image of a Brown Hare
WildPix 12-18 Joseph Amess for his image of a Great Tit in Flight

Chris Packham, Naturalist and TV Presenter, said:
“These stunning images by so many talented photographers highlight the diversity, breadth and beauty of our precious wildlife and the need to protect their habitats. The British Wildlife Photography Awards are without doubt one of the most important photography awards in the UK. Anything that raises the public's awareness of the importance to conserve and protect British wildlife is very close to my heart and these awards afford a spectacular insight into the habitat and behaviour of our British wildlife. From blue tits to badgers, never has Britain's wildlife looked more beautiful.”

View all the winning Images, video and selection of highly commended entries here: http://www.bwpawards.co.uk

The Prizes

First prize: £5,000

Category winners will receive a Canon PowerShot S110 Camera and a Canon PIXMA PRO 10 Printer.

Wildlife in HD Video category winner will receive a Sky World HD package and a 3D TV. Plus a Canon XA -10 Professional Camcorder.

The British Seasons Category prize is £700 worth of Páramo clothing plus an f-stop Tilopa or Loka camera bag with medium ICU, subject to availability.

The Young winner (under 12) will receive £300
The young winner (12 -18) will receive £500

The Exhibition

The exhibition of 100 images and video, including winning and commended entries launches at the Mall Galleries, London, commencing Monday 2 September and is open until Saturday 7 September. For full details of opening hours visit: http://www.mallgalleries.org.uk. A year-long tour of the exhibition will follow. These are the current venues. Further venues and dates will be added. Please check back on this website to see updates. http://www.bwpawards.org/c/galleries/exhibitions

- Mall Galleries, London, 2 - 7 September 2013
- Nature in Art, Gloucestershire, 17 September to 10 November 2013
- Aberystwyth Art Centre,Wales,15 November 2013 to early January
- 2014 (exact date TBC)
- Moor Valley Country Park, Dorset, 25 January to 8 March 2014
- Whitstable Museum and Art Gallery, Kent, 5 October 2013 to 6 January 2014
- Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton, Bedfordshire, 18 January to 18 March 2014
- Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter, 26 March to 20 July

The Book
The British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 4 showcases the very best entries from the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2013. This stunning coffee table book is a celebration of British wildlife as captured on camera by today’s best amateur and professional photographers. The book is available on Amazon.

The Sponsors
Canon, SKY+HD, RSPB Wildlife Explorers, WWF, The Wildlife Trusts, Forestry Commission England, City of London, Countryside Jobs Service, Sparsholt College Hampshire, Buglife, Paramo and Outdoor Photography Magazine.