|Deadline: July 31st, 2009|
A brand new international photography competition, the British Wildlife Photography Awards celebrates and recognise the talents of photographers of all nationalities practicing in the UK while, at the same time, highlighting the great wealth and diversity of the natural history of the British Isles.
At a time when we’re increasingly conscious of the importance of wildlife, habitat and conservation, the Awards will encourage photographers, whether professional or enthusiast, to explore Britain’s natural and urban environments, and discover its bounty of wildlife species, from birds to mammals, insects to marine life.
Your chance to win a prestigious photography award, cash first prize of £5,000 and exposure in a nationwide touring exhibition.
Awards and Prizes
British Wildlife Photographer: £5,000
Young British Wildlife Photographer (under 18): £500
Schools, Youth and Community Group Award: £1,000
7 individual category prizes worth £1,000 each
The adult award is split into several categories. These may help provide ideas for suitable subjects to entrants of the Young Awards.
1. Animal portraits
We are looking for an image that captures the character or spirit of the subject in an imaginative way. We want to be able to get a sense of the animal’s “personality” from the photograph. All species will be considered.
2. Animal behaviour
Entries should show unusual or remarkable behaviour in an original and compelling composition. Show the judges something they don’t know or haven’t seen before. All species will be considered.
3. Urban wildlife
Increasingly, wildlife can be found in our towns and cities. We are looking for an original image that shows animal adaptation to urban environments. All species will be considered.
4. Hidden Britain
Reveal to us the secret universe that is life in the undergrowth – a life that is all around us but rarely seen. Invertebrate species only will be considered.
5. Coast and marine
We are looking for an imaginative photograph that reveals the behaviour of marine animals or creates a sense of place or occasion. Marine animals near the sea, underwater, at the sea shore and coastal zone, only will be considered.
6. Wildlife in my locality
One of the remits of BWPA is to encourage you to explore and discover your local area. Images must have been photographed in the county in which you live on the date the image is entered (proof of location may be requested).
Animals in their environment and plants and their partners. We are looking for an imaginative and original image that powerfully portrays the relationship between wildlife and their environment. This includes plants and their partners. Eg: butterfly feeding on nectar and rooks roosting in a tree. Without plants there is no life.
We charge a competition entry fee in order to cover the costs of running the competition and subsequent exhibitions and events. We have kept the fee structure simple.
Up to 3 images: £10.00
Up to 9 images: £15.00
Up to 21 images: £20.00
Under 18’s, Schools and Youth groups
1. Individuals under 18. There is a flat fee of £5.00 – with a maximum of up to 8 images.
2. Schools, Youth and Community Groups. The fee for each portfolio (up to 5 images per portfolio) is £10.00. Multiple portfolios can be submitted.
The 2009 competition is open until 31st July.