Now in its third year the British Wildlife Photography Awards is open again for entries tomorrow to recognise the talents of enthusiast and professional photographers practicing in the UK, while at the same time highlighting the great wealth and diversity of British natural history.
BWPA aims to encourage photographers of all ages to explore Britain's natural and urban environments, and discover its bounty birds, mammals, insects and marine life.
Entrants can send in their images for the 2011 awards from
tomorrow, Tuesday 1st February, with the chance to win part of the
£20,000 prize pot plus additional equipment. The images also receiving judges'
commendations will form part of a series of nationwide exhibitions beginning in October.
Last year's winner was Steve Young with his photo of a Herring Gull in a wave, seen here.
There are 11 main categories to excite the imagination including new categories to include ‘Wildlife on Video', as well as three special awards to encourage young people to connect with nature.
- Animal Portraits
- Animal Behaviour
- Coast and Marine
- Hidden Britain
- Urban Wildlife
- Wildlife in my Backyard
- British Seasons
- Documentary series
- A living Landscape, Connectivity
- Wildlife on Video
Awards and Prizes:
- British Wildlife Photographer - £5,000
- Each Category prize - £1,000 worth of equipment
Including (or equivalent):
- Canon PowerShot G12 - Camera
- Canon Pixma Pro 9000 MK II - Printer
- RSPB Binoculars
- Canon LEGRIA HF S21 High Definition Digital Camcorder (value £969.00)
There are also three special awards to encourage participation by young people, schools and youth community groups:
- Young British Wildlife Photographer (Up to 11) - £300
- Young British Wildlife Photographer (12 - 18) - £500
- School, Youth and Community Group Award - £3,000 worth of Serif Design Software and Video Camera.
For more information please visit the BWP Awards website.