“The British Wildlife Photography Awards has become one of the most anticipated events in the wildlife photography calendar. The bar in wildlife photography has already been raised to unimaginably high levels of sophistication, innovation and artistic vision, yet the standard somehow continues to get better and better. This latest collection of images is testament to the sheer level of interest in wildlife in Britain and, above all, the remarkable abilities of our wildlife photographers”. Mark Carwardine, zoologist, writer, photographer and broadcaster.
The Overall Winning Picture, ‘On the Edge’ of gannets on a cliff, is by Barrie Williams.
Paul Wilkinson, competition judge and The Wildlife Trusts’ head of Living Landscape, said: “Photographers around the UK continue to be inspired by this competition and enter fabulous imagery which demonstrates a passion for, and a connection to, our wonderful wildlife. Each work illustrates the many different ways in which we can connect with wild places and wild creatures. Worlds collide in Barrie Williams’ beautiful and evocative image, which demands a double-take, affording a unique insight into the habitat and behaviour of gannets. The British Wildlife Photography Awards continue to offer the natural world with the recognition, and reverence, it deserves.”
"Sea cliffs provide a haven from potential predators, a place for birds to breed, hunt and safely raise the next generation. This vertigo-inducing shot shows guano-stained rocks, the bustle of lower ledges with birds packed tightly and gannets hunting over the inky seas below. The judges felt it was the unique perspective of this shot and its ability to reveal something new about seabird life that made it such a firm favourite." Matt Swaine Editor, BBC Wildlife Magazine.
CJS is proud to sponsor the Botanical Britain category.
Winner: Botanical Britain, category sponsored by CJS - Tim Hunt “Fairy Moss”, Penryn, Cornwall, England
This year CJS is giving an honourable mention to the winning Documentary Series simply because it's local to us.
David Pressland, “Toads on Roads”, North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire, England
And if you'd like to find out more about Toads on Roads then read the article in CJS Focus on Volunteering (Feb 15 edition) about the Toad Crossing patrol at Osmotherly.
See all the winning entries on the BWPA website here.