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British Wildlife Photo Awards 2019 Winners Announced

For their relatively small size, the British Isles is home and host to a bounty of amazing wildlife guaranteed to fill any nature lover with awe. Each year, the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) celebrates this fact by pooling together the very best captures of Britain’s birds, mammals, marine life, and more.

Now in its tenth year, the competition attracts both professional and amateur photographers to showcase their images of British wildlife. Judges had the difficult task of trawling through thousands of fabulous images to award fifteen separate category winners, including two junior categories.

To honour the tenth anniversary, the BWPA focused on British coasts by expanding the Coast and Marine category to include four separate categories.

“Our island nation has an impressive 31,368 kilometres of coastline. We are surrounded by some of the richest seas in the world, teeming with an astonishing abundance and diversity of marine wildlife,” said judge Mark Carwardine. “But we do a shockingly bad job of looking after them. We take out far too many fish and shellfish, often catching them in destructive ways that have devastating impacts on other wildlife, and we use the seas as a dumping ground for an insidious tide of plastic waste and all sorts of other pollution.”

The organisers therefore hope this year’s competition and associated book will help raise awareness of the British coastline, and inspire action to preserve the wildlife living on its wily shores.

This year’s competition winner was Daniel Trim, for his image of an urban grey heron in London. Gazing through a metal grill, the morning light casts an ominous shadow of mesh on the heron, as plastic waste and fallen leaves pool about its legs.

Daniel’s image topped the Urban Wildlife category, before being awarded Overall Winner. He will receive £5,000. All category winners receive a Canon EOS M50 with EF-M 15-45mm lens and EF-M 55-200mm lens.

Overall Winner and Urban Wildlife

© Daniel Trim

Animal Portraits

© Mark Kirkland

Animal Behaviour

© Robin Chittenden

Hidden Britain

© Alan Smith

Overall Coast and Marine and Scotland

© Alex Mustard

Coast and Marine England

© Paul Pettitt

Coast and Marine Northern Ireland

© Trevor Rees

Coast and Marine Wales

© Mark Thomas

Wild Woods

© Dave Fieldhouse

Habitat

© Rich Bunce

Botanical Britain

© Jack Mortimer

Black and White

© Nicholas Court

British Seasons

© Paul Sawer

Documentary Series

© Lawrie Brailey

12-18 Years

© Jacob Guy

Under 12 Years

© Ollie Teasdale

Winning images will go on an exhibition tour, beginning at the Mall Galleries, London, on Tuesday 17th September until Sunday 22nd September. A full list of galleries featured in the tour can be found here. For more of the commended images, visit the competition website.

Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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