British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015

Posted on 2nd February 2015

The 2015 Competition is now open for entries

Your chance to win a prestigious award, with a cash prize of £5,000, and reach millions through national exposure. Help raise awareness about British wildlife and celebrate our natural heritage.

Winners and commended entrants will have their work showcased in a touring exhibition and stunning book, and will be invited to an exclusive Awards ceremony in London. The overall prize fund worth up to £20,000 includes prizes from lead sponsors Sky and Canon.

The British Wildlife Photography Awards recognise the talents of photographers practising in Britain whilst also highlighting the great wealth and diversity of British natural history. They are a celebration of British wildlife as well as a showcase for photographers and videographers, both amateur and professional.

The competition is open until 2 May 2015. There are 16 categories including animal behaviour, urban wildlife, habitat, animal portraits, marine life, the hidden secret world that lies in the undergrowth and a special award for wildlife in HD Video (sponsored by Sky). There are also two junior categories and a school award – to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

The Wildlife Trusts, which sponsor the ‘habitats’ category, are encouraging photographers to capture the magic of the UK’s habitats and the wildlife within. Paul Wilkinson, Head of Living Landscape for The Wildlife Trusts, said:

“Protecting and restoring habitats, and inspiring people to take action for wildlife, is what The Wildlife Trusts are all about so we’re delighted to be part of the British Wildlife Photography Awards, which celebrates this. The habitats category – and the competition – offers an opportunity to celebrate some of the UK’s most special places and the wide range of habitats our islands support. We hope everyone who is inspired by the nature around them will share their inspiration by entering this year’s awards.”

The Wildlife Trusts care for thousands of places from the wild open spaces of Ben Mor Coigach in the Scottish highlands to the tiny Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve cherished and enjoyed by Londoners in the heart of the city. For ideas on how to enjoy the beauty of the UK’s varied habitats and get closer to wildlife, visit

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 2014.

Young People’s Awards WildPix / BWPA, sponsored by RSPB Wildlife Explorers. Entry is free for all young photographers with two age groups.

Chris Packham, Naturalist and TV Presenter, said: “Each year the British Wildlife Photography Awards generates an incredible catalogue of splendid, exciting, imaginative and artistic images, proving beyond doubt that we have the richest palette of life to celebrate in our own backyard. Anyone passionate about protecting and preserving wildlife will be inspired by the British Wildlife Photography Awards which, in its sixth year, has done more than any other award to raise the profile of British wildlife.”

The Awards and Prizes

Overall Winner, British Wildlife Photographer

Wildlife in HD Video Winner
Sky’s top TV package and a 3D TV plus a Canon XA20 Professional Camcorder

Category Winners
A Canon PowerShot G7 X Camera

Portfolio Winner ‘Documentary Series’
A Gitzo Tripod GT3542LS

Portfolio Winner ‘British Seasons’
A £600 voucher for Páramo clothing

The Young People’s Awards WildPix / BWPA
Young British Wildlife Photographer (12 – 18) £500
Young British Wildlife Photographer (Up to 11) £300

The School Award
A Wild Wonder Day with Iain Green. Plus £300

The Sponsors
Canon, Sky, RSPB Wildlife Explorers, WWF, The Wildlife Trusts, City of London, CVP.Com, Countryside Jobs Service, Buglife, Paramo, Wild Wonders and Outdoor Photography Magazine.

Natural England, BBC Wildlife Magazine, WildPhotos, WildEye, Wildlife, Kristal Digital Imaging Centre and AA Publishing.

Awards Ceremony
All winners, commended entrants and photographers who feature in the book will be invited to an Awards ceremony and launch of the traveling exhibition which will take place at the prestigious Mall Galleries, in London, during September 2015.