2019 British Photography Awards – The Winners in Pictures

28 January 2019

From freckles to rainbows, selfies to seals, the winners of the 2019 British Photography Awards showcase the amazing variety of photographic talent from across the UK.

Sixteen winners were chosen from over 3,700 entries, and iconic photographers Richard Young, Rankin and Frans Lanting received special contribution awards.

Alongside the category winners, the competition ran a People’s Choice Award for each category, attracting 74,000 votes.

Celebrity photographer Richard Young was awarded British Photographic Associateship for his 40-year career as a portraitist and photojournalist, capturing some of the world’s biggest names.  He has covered everything from parties at Cannes and the Oscars in Los Angeles, to traveling with Michael Jackson, and touring with the Sex Pistols.

Celebrity photographer Richard Young at the 2019 British Photography Awards

Rankin won the British Photographic Fellowship for his 30-year career as a fashion and portrait photographer, capturing some of the most famous faces, including British icons David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and The Queen.

Meanwhile, former National Geographic photographer-in-residence Frans Lanting was awarded International Photographer 2019 for his more than two decades spent documenting wildlife and our relationships with nature in environments from the Amazon to Antarctica.

See all the category and people’s choice award winners below…

Category Winners

Best Portrait Photographer – Sarah Wilkes, Simple Beauty

Best Street Photographer – Edo Zollo, London After Dark

Best Macro Photographer – Lucien Harris, Field of Wings

Best Drone Photographer – Konrad Paruch, Reaching for Heaven

Best Domesticated Animal Photographer – Mieke Douglas, Contours

Best Sports Photographer – Mike Egerton, Luge

Romania’s Valentin Cretu during his second practice run in the luge at the Olympic Sliding Centre ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.

Best Documentary Photographer – Maria Tomas Rodriguez, Tradition

Best Wedding Photographer – Aaron Storry, Chloe & Joe’s First Dance

Best Birdlife Photographer – Adrian Clarke, Flash Dance

Best Water Life Photographer – Matt Doggett, Sunlit Seal

Best Land Animal Photographer – Scott Latham, 98% Human

Best Landscape Photographer – Thomas Roberts, A House on Skye

Best Selfie Photographer – Claire Armitage, Chaotic

People’s Choice Winners

Best Portrait Photographer – People’s Choice: Filip Gierlinski, Embe

Embe, three-year-old son of a Mongolian nomad cattle and horse herding family, practices with his bow and arrow before the family and neighbours pack up and move their gers and livestock to winter pastures lower down in the warmer valleys.

Best Street Photographer – People’s Choice: Craig Simmonds, Regent Street

Best Macro Photographer – People’s Choice: Adam Karnacz, Veil

Best Drone Photographer – People’s Choice: Jon Roberts, Rainbow Over Riber Castle

Best Domesticated Animal Photographer – People’s Choice: Alexandra Robbins, Lavender Princesses

Best Sports Photographer – People’s Choice: Nerijus Dusevicius, Emotions

Best Documentary Photographer – People’s Choice: Nitin Sachiana, Breast is Best

Best Wedding Photographer – People’s Choice: When the Bridesmaid Has Too Many Shots

Best Birdlife Photographer – People’s Choice: Janine Lee The Strike

Best Water Life Photographer – People’s Choice: Dan Charity, Whale Shark

Best Land Animal Photographer – People’s Choice: Konrad Borkowski, The Nocturnal Stag

Best Landscape Photographer – People’s Choice: Jenifer Bunnet Raspberry Ripple