Young winners of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

Who says bugs aren't cute? asks Lucy Farrell, winner of the under 12 years group with her incredible photo of a cockchafer bug 'smiling' at the camera for you.
Who Says Bugs aren’t Cute (Cockchafer), Borrowdale, Cumbria, Lucy Farrell, Age 9
Another mini-beast getting a special mention is Jake Kneale's The Long wait photo of a spider in the middle of its web spun between umbellifers.  Vertebrates but not furry ones gave 17 year old Ivan Carter the winning image of three tadpoles in a puddle on a leaf for the 12-18 years category (below). Of the other highly commended images I particularly like the solemn, contemplative 'ugly duckling' in Josh Clarke's Mother's Love photo of a cygnet under a swan's wing.

Eye of the Spawn (Common Tadpoles), Walmer Castle, Kent, Ivan Carter, Age 17

Full List of Winners:
Young winner under 12
Lucy Farrell (age 9) Who Says Bugs Aren't Cute? Cockchafer, Cumbria

Young winner 12 - 18
Ivan Carter (age 17) Eye of the Spawn, (tadpole of common frog) Kent

Young Winners Highly Commended
Tess Easterbrook (age 8) Stopping for a Rest (Grey heron) Buckinghamshire
Alicia Lakin (age 10 ) Summer Mayfly, Oxfordshire
Theo Russell (age 17) On the Waterfront (Cormorants) Bristol
Gideon Knight (age 18) Golden Bokeh (Red fox) East London