Welcome to the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015

The 2015 competition is now closed and judging has begun.

During September 2015 the winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony in London.

Help raise awareness about British wildlife and celebrate our natural heritage. Winners and commended entrants will have their work showcased in a touring exhibition and stunning book, and will be invited to an exclusive Awards ceremony in London. The overall prize fund worth up to £20,000 includes prizes from lead sponsors Sky and Canon.

The awards recognise the talents of photographers practising in Britain whilst also highlighting the great wealth and diversity of British natural history. A celebration of British wildlife as well as a showcase for photographers and videographers, both amateur and professional.


There are sixteen separate categories including animal behaviour, urban wildlife, habitat, animal portraits, marine life, the hidden secret world that lies in the undergrowth and a special award for wildlife in HD Video. Also two junior categories and a school award - to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

Wildlife in HD Video sponsored by Sky

In addition to still photography there is a great opportunity to capture wildlife in action and win an amazing prize. Be inspired by the video winner and commended entries in 2014.

Young People’s Awards WildPix / BWPA, sponsored by RSPB Wildlife Explorers

Entry is free for all young photographers with two age groups.

BWPA Exhibition in Beijing celebrates the visit of the Duke of Cambridge

The British Embassy Beijing, in partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, is hosting an exhibition of photographs from the 2014 BWPA competition in support of the Duke of Cambridge’s work on wildlife conservation and to combat the illegal wildlife trade. Andrew Key, Chargé d’Affaires of the British Embassy said: "I warmly recommend this photo exhibition. The photographs include magnificent shots of wildlife that showcase the peaceful co-existence of humans and nature. I am glad that we are able to bring these photographs to a Chinese audience, in advance of the visit of the Duke of Cambridge, who has a keen interest in wildlife conservation."


The Awards and Prizes

There is a cash prize of £5000 for the overall winner, and the winning pictures and best entries will be included in a touring exhibition across the UK and a stunning coffee table book, published by AA Publishing.

“Each year the British Wildlife Photography Awards generates an incredible catalogue of splendid, exciting, imaginative and artistic images, proving beyond doubt that we have the richest palette of life to celebrate in our own backyard. Anyone passionate about protecting and preserving wildlife will be inspired by the British Wildlife Photography Awards, which has done more than any other award to raise the profile of British wildlife”, Chris Packham, TV Presenter and Naturalist.

Competition dates

  • 1st February 2015: the competition opened.  
  • 2nd May: the competition closed at midnight 
  • 11th to the 20th May: photographers will be contacted if they are shortlisted and will be required to send in high resolution images. Images must be received within 10 days of the request      
  • During September 2015 the winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony in London. The exhibition tour will commence.  

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