BWPA 2019 now open for entries

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2019 now open for entries

New dates
The 2019 competition has different dates to previous years. The 2019 competition is open now, and closes on 6th April 2019.

Your chance to win a prestigious award, cash prize of £5,000, nationwide exposure reaching millions in the media and your work showcased in a touring exhibition and book. Winners and commended entrants will be invited to an exclusive awards ceremony. The prize fund includes products from lead sponsor Canon. Help raise awareness about British wildlife and celebrate our natural heritage.

There are fifteen separate categories including animal behaviour, urban wildlife, habitat, wild woods, animal portraits, marine life, the hidden secret world that lies in the undergrowth and a special award for wildlife in HD Video. Also two junior categories - to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

Wildlife in HD Video
In addition to still photography there is a great opportunity to capture wildlife in action and win an amazing prize. Be inspired by the video winner and commended entries in 2017.

Young People’s Awards WildPix / BWPA
Entry is free for all young photographers

Paul Colley has kindly shared his amazing recent experience as the overall winner in 2018, along with the fantastic work of the Bat Conservation Trust.

Paul Colley, British Wildlife Photographer 2018
"Winning BWPA had an immediate and wide ranging impact for my work with bats. The BWPA publicity itself has been profoundly helpful because of its enormous reach and in my case I had lots of contacts to develop. It started with the Bat Conservation Trust. Its staff agreed to run a blog about the BWPA winning image that allowed me to reach out with specific requests to work with bat experts, including individuals with licences to undertake conservation work, and local/ regional bat groups.

"The great news is that all the bat photography will now directly support bat conservation, so it’s a win-win situation. The Bat Conservation Trust are seized by the idea of using powerful new images to headline bat conservation issues.

"As a BWPA judge (this year) and as Chairman of the British Society of Underwater Photographers, I’m strongly encouraging photographers to make the most of the the special arrangements for BWPA 2019. The expanded coast and marine category provides a major opportunity for photographers to show, above and below water, the wonderful marine life and habitats that encircle our islands. I’m particularly pleased to see Ireland embraced for this special year as I know many superb photographers out there who are staunch supporters of the environment and who know how to document their stunning coast and marine wildlife and habitats. I would love to see everyone that I know over there getting into this competition and one of you winning a prize. If that brings only half the joy that my 2015 BWPA coast and marine category win brought to me, the Irish winner will be a very happy person. And let’s see all those amazing British photographers in the fray too. It’s THE year to focus on our coast and marine habitats."

This is great news for BWPA, we are thrilled to hear his winning image has helped raise awareness and promote the essential work of the Bat Conservation Trust.

Coast and marine category
To mark the tenth anniversary and help raise awareness about our coast; its incredible biodiversity and the threats it is facing the Coast and Marine category has been expanded to include British and Irish Coastlines within four separate categories; Wales, Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Coast of Ireland. Read more on the BWPA site.

Compass Jellyfish, South Harris, Scotland, by Cyril Cheviot

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