British Wildlife Photography Awards open for entries
The British Wildlife Photography Awards are now open for entries and budding wildlife photographers are being urged to submit for their chance to win £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 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, the 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.
With twelve separate categories the subject matter covers everything from marine life and animal behaviour to creepy crawlies and urban wildlife.
Categories are as follows or for more information visit: http://www.bwpawards.org/categories
Wildlife in HD sponsored by Sky+HD
This special new Award for HD Video will be awarded to the most inspirational and dynamic film, which clearly illustrates the unique power of moving images as a medium for capturing British Wildlife.
This brand new category is sponsored by VisitWoods.org.uk. The judges will be looking for a winning image that celebrates the beauty and importance of British woodland. Entries could be portraits of woodland wildlife, breathtaking wooded landscapes, seasonal scenes, intricate details of plants or show the relationships between species and habitats that occur within our woods and forests.
The Young People’s Award – WildPix
RSPB Wildlife Explorers are sponsoring the ‘Young People’s Award’ this year enabling the competition to be available to all young people including members of Wildlife Explorers. Entry is free for this Award.
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.
Sponsors and Supporters
The competition is sponsored by: Sky+HD, Canon, The Wildlife Trusts, WWF, RSPB Wildlife Explorers, Countryside Council for Wales, VisitWoods.org.uk, Buglife, Genesis Imaging, Countryside Jobs Service, Sparsholt College Hampshire and Outdoor Photography Magazine.
Supported by: AA Publishing, Natural England, The National Trust, National Trust for Scotland, YHA and Wildlife Extra.
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.
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
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