Image: Toshiji Fukuda's once in a lifetime photograph of an endangered Amur tiger walking on the snow covered seashore of Primore, Russia - one of the highlights of Wild Photos 2013
April 21. The Wildscreen Photography Festival, better known as WildPhotos, Britain's biggest and best wildlife photography festival, has been axed due to a lack of funding and sponsorship. In a statement released today by the Bristol-based charity, Wildscreen said it could no longer subsidise the losses incurred by running the world-class event.
In the media statement, Wildscreen says: "Over the past nine years the Wildscreen Photography Festival – formerly WildPhotos – has built a reputation as the must-attend event in the wildlife photography calendar. Despite the event’s undoubted support, the cost base for delivering this world-class event has always been high and, as a charity, Wildscreen cannot subsidise any losses. It is therefore with great sadness that we must inform you that the event will not take place in 2015."
In its place, Wildscreen says that from 2016 it will "integrate photography into the Wildscreen Festival programme in Bristol and so continue to provide a platform for wildlife photographers to present their work and share knowledge."
The news of the demise of Wild Photos will disappoint and anger many in the international wildlife photography, who flocked to London every October for the event and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, which usually preceded it. Wild Photos brought together the world’s very best wildlife and conservation photographers for a packed programme of inspirational presentations and imagery, and was a unique opportunity for the community of photographers, industry experts and budding enthusiasts to discuss their work, learn and grow as photographers and promote positive action to protect our natural world.
The organisers added: "We are most grateful to our sponsors for their support over the years; our media partners for the publicity the event has enjoyed; Roz Kidman Cox, for her creative vision in producing the programme, and Mark Carwardine and Chris Packham for their skill in compèring it; the photographers and experts that have shared their work and knowledge with the audience; and we would like to thank all those who have attended over the years, some of whom travelled many miles to be a part of this fantastic event. We hope to see you at Wildscreen Festival in Bristol next year."