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The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018 – The Winners in Pictures

5 November 2018

From a ghostly shot of bats at night in southern England to a mountain hare hunkered down in a snow storm in Scotland’s Cairngorm National Park, the winners of this year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) are a celebration of the diverse fauna from across the UK.

‘Spectacular Isolation’ (mountain hare), by Andrew Parkinson, winner of the Habitat category, British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

Out of 15 categories, the overall winning image was taken by Paul Colley.  Named ‘Contrails at Dawn’ the infrared photograph pictures the ghostly flight paths of Daubenton’s bats at Coate Water Country Park in Wiltshire.

‘Contrails at Dawn’ (Daubenton’s bats), Coate Water Country Park, Swindon, by Paul Colley, overall winner of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

Colley spent 14 months developing his infrared camera and lighting system to overcome the challenge of photographing these high-speed flying mammals in the dark.  The in-camera double exposure caught the foreground bat milliseconds before it intercepted an insect.

Colley said of the image: ‘No other image in my portfolio had been so clearly conceived and yet so difficult to achieve. My artistic intent was to capture this extraordinary little bat’s speed of movement and hunting flight path, but the journey to success was littered with disappointing failures.

‘There were the lows felt during months of long, cold and exhausting dusk-to-dawn sessions, sometimes waist deep in water and often without getting a single useable image. And then the natural highs of those light bulb moments, when new ideas blossomed, problems were solved and the project inched closer towards the potential to win this exceptional accolade.’

‘Waiting for her Prey’ (nursery web spider), Dunchideock, Devon, by Andrew McCarthy, winner of the Hidden Britain category, British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

After receiving thousands of entries from both amateur and professional photographers, prizes were awarded in 15 categories, including animal portraits, black and white and HD video.  

Wildlife filmmaker Sam Oakes won the HD Video category, with his film ‘Industrial Evolution’, shot in Teesside.  You can view this and other highly commended video entrants on the BWPA website.

‘The Eye of the Spawn’ (common tadpoles), Walmer Castle, Kent, by Ivan Carter, winner of the 12-18 category, British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

In the junior categories, Ivan Carter, 17, from Deal in Kent, won the 12-18 years category for his shot of common tadpoles.

‘Who Says Bugs Aren’t Cute?’ (cockchafer), Borrowdale, Cumbria, by Lucy Farrell, winner fo the under 12 category, British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

And nine-year-old Lucy Farrell, from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, was named winner of the under 12 category for a close-up of a cockchafer beetle.

‘Storm Gull’ (lesser black-backed gull), Newhaven, East Sussex, by Craig Denford, winner of the Coast and Marine category, British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

All of the top entries from the awards will be published in the ‘British Wildlife Photography Awards 9’ book available to buy for £25.

Over 100 images will be included in an exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London for a limited time from Tuesday 6 November to Sunday 11 November and will tour around the UK until September next year (full list of dates and locations below).

Goose Barnacles, Sanna Bay, Highland, by David Bennett, winner of the Close to Nature category, British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

You too could be in with a chance of winning cash prizes, cameras, and, of course, the kudos, by entering the 2019 competition.  Entry opened on 4 November 2018 and will close on 6 April 2019.  You can find out more about the submission guidelines and how to enter on the British Wildlife Photography Awards website.

‘Seasonal Overlap’ (European beech), Aviemore, Highland, Scotland, by James Roddie, winner of the Wild Woods category, British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

THE EXHIBITION TOUR

The Mall Galleries, London – 6 to 11 November 2018

Astley Hall, Chorley – 24 November to 31 December 2018

Luton Stockwood Discovery Centre – 21 January to 24 March 2019

Nunnington Hall, Yorkshire – 11 May to 7 July 2019

Nature in Art, Gloucester – 6 November 2018 to 6 January 2019

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery – 19 January to 17 March 2019

Canterbury Museums & Galleries – 10 November 2018 to 17 February 2019

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust – 11 May to 10 September 2019

‘Bean’ (badger), Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, by Tesni Ward, winner of the Animal Portraits category, British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018
‘Kelp Bed at Dawn’ (Oarweed), Kingsgate bay Kent, by Robert Canis, winner of the Botanical category, British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018
‘Magpie in the Snow’, Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow, by Christopher Swan, winner of the Urban Wildlife category, British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

 

‘Summer Red Squirrel in Purple Heather’, Rothiemurchus Forest, Cairngorms, from the series ‘Scottish Red Squirrels’, by Neil McIntyre, winner of the British seasons category, British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018
‘Life and Death at the Edge of the World’ (great skua and puffin), Shetland, Scotland, by Sunil Gopalan, winner of the Animal Behaviour category, British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018
‘Rehabilitated Grey Seals being Released Back into the Wild’, Cornwall, one of the images by Ben Watkins, winner of the Documentary Series category, British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

To view all the winners and the highly commended entrants, visit the BWPA website.

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