Call for Entries – Open from 1st February

Posted on 9th March 2012

Press Release – for immediate use

http://www.bwpawards.org
Call for Entries – Open from 1st February
Your chance to win a prestigious photography award and cash prize of £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 stunning 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, this highly acclaimed and unique 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.

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With twelve separate categories the subject matter covers everything from marine life and animal behaviour to creepy crawlies and urban wildlife. These include The Wildlife Trusts’ Living Landscape: Connectivity category.

Living Landscape: Connectivity
Many of our wildlife rich places are isolated and people are becoming more disconnected from the nature around them. Addressing these ‘connectivity’ issues is at the heart of The Wildlife Trusts recovery plan for nature, A Living Landscape. This category aims to encourage imaginative responses to capture this sense of connectivity or lack of it. Positive images illustrating how habitats, species, communities and individuals interconnect within urban and rural setting are encouraged.

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Society shows an appetite for change

Posted on 5th March 2012

12 sites should be the start of something big

As a dozen new large-scale nature conservation sites are announced today, The Wildlife Trusts say this should be the start of something much bigger.

The Wildlife Trusts believe that for this Nature Improvement Area concept to be successful, the National Planning Policy Framework must provide explicit guidance to planning authorities on taking a more strategic and integrated approach to the natural environment.

The 12 new Nature Improvement Areas have been chosen in a competition which received more than 70 applications. All were based on the recommendations of local people and with the aim of creating a step change in the recovery of the natural environment to benefit people, the local economy and wildlife.

Nature Improvement Areas have a role in helping to improve the health of the natural environment, to support food production and address habitat fragmentation, water quality, flood risk management and species loss.

The Wildlife Trusts, involved in 11 of the 12 areas, now urges the government to harness the positive momentum created through the competition process and extend the concept across England.

Paul Wilkinson, Head of Living Landscape for The Wildlife Trusts, said:

“We are delighted this competition has demonstrated a real appetite for putting nature back after decades of decline through the large number of applications but 12 Nature Improvement Areas are not enough. This concept should be driven forward everywhere across England and given formal recognition through the new planning process, expected next month, and agri-environment grants.