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British Wildlife Photography Awards

Winner and category winners announced

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The British Wildlife Photography Awards proudly announce the winners for 2018.

The awards celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife. Winning images are chosen from thousands of entries in fifteen separate categories including a category for film and two junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

The images have been published in
British Wildlife Photography Awards 9
Published by Ammonite Press, RRP £25,

The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

A Celebration of British Wildlife

The Overall Winning Image Contrails at Dawn (Daubenton’s Bats), Coate Water Country Park, Wiltshire by Paul Colley.


Ghostly contrails reveal the flight paths and wing beats of Daubenton’s bats. An infrared camera and lighting system that were 14 months in development overcame the challenge of photographing the high- speed flight of these small mammals in the dark. The in-camera double exposure caught the foreground bat milliseconds before insect intercept. As these bats are a protected species they were photographed in the wild following advice from the Bat Conservation Trust and Natural England.

“No other image in my portfolio had been so clearly conceived and yet so difficult to achieve. My artistic intent was to capture this extraordinary little bat’s speed of movement and hunting flight path, but the journey to success was littered with disappointing failures. Fortunately, fellow photographers encouraged imaginative experimentation and taught me to anticipate setbacks as a reasonable price for ultimate success. In hindsight, I experienced a huge gradient of emotion. There were the lows felt during months of long, cold and exhausting dusk-to-dawn sessions, sometimes waist deep in water and often without getting a single useable image. And then the natural highs of those light bulb moments, when new ideas blossomed, problems were solved and the project inched closer towards the potential to win this exceptional accolade.” – Paul Colley.

Naturalist, Author and Wildlife TV Producer Stephen Moss comments; “Once again, this collection of images from the British Wildlife Photography Awards leaves us in awe of the skill, patience and artistry of the photographers whose work is showcased here.

The extraordinary range of subjects, species and habitats, and the imaginative way they are portrayed, leaves us in no doubt that we in Britain are fortunate to be home to some of the most talented photographers in the world.

But stunning though this book is, it is not simply a collection of beautiful images, preserved like museum specimens for us to enjoy. It is also a snapshot of Britain’s diverse and beautiful wildlife, at a time when these wild creatures – and the places where they live – are under threat as never before.”

View all the winning Images, including the video winner and a selection of highly commended entries here:

The Prizes
  • First prize: £5,000
  • Category winners will receive prizes with a value of around £1,000. The prize fund includes: Canon EOS M5 Cameras with 15-45mm lens
  • Wildlife in HD Video category winner will receive a Canon XA-11 Professional Camcorder
  • The Young Winner (under 12) will receive: £300
  • The Young Winner (12 -18) will receive: £500

The Exhibition Tour

Over 100 images including the winning and commended entries launches at the Mall Galleries, London, commencing Tuesday 6th November and is open until 1pm Sunday 11th November. A full list of exhibiting galleries is at the end of this press release or alternatively please visit the website for more information about the venues.

The Book

British Wildlife Photography Awards 9 showcases the very best entries from the British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2018. This stunning coffee table book is a celebration of British wildlife as captured on camera by today’s best amateur and professional photographers.

Exhibition Tour dates

(Check with the venues for their opening times)

  • The Mall Galleries, London – 6th November 2018 to 11th November 2018
  • Astley Hall, Chorley – 24th November 2018 to 31st December 2018
  • Luton Stockwood Discovery Centre – 21st January 2019 to 24th March 2019
  • Nunnington Hall, Yorkshire – 11th May 2018 to 7th July 2019
  • Nature in Art, Gloucester – 6th November 2018 to 6th January 2019
  • St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery – 19th January 2019 to 17th March 2019
  • Canterbury Museums & Galleries – 10th November 2018 to 17th February 2019
  • The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust – 11th May 2018 to 10th September 2019

BWPA is Sponsored by: Canon, WWF, RSPB Wildlife Explorers,The Wildlife Trusts, Shetland Nature, Countryside Jobs Service, Buglife, Paramo, BBC Wildlife Magazine and Outdoor Photography Magazine. Supported by: Ammonite Press, Kristal Digital Imaging Centre,

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