Back from the Brink film and photography competition winners announced

Amateur filmmakers and photographers were tasked with creating innovative films and inspiring images, and the results are now in.

Fallow deer walking across frost-covered playing fields at dawn. Richmond Park, London, UK. Oscar Dewhurst.

Back from the Brink is an ambitious conservation project which aims to save 20 species from extinction in England, including bats, butterflies and orchids.

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This year, as part of their drive to celebrate and bring awareness to local wildlife, Back from the Brink held an amateur film and photography competition, encompassing 9 film categories and 4 photography categories, in partnership with Wildscreen.

The competitors were encouraged to focus on animals and plants that they cared about, especially those that they felt were threatened.

Chosen by a panel of judges, the winners of this competition have now been announced.

Space for species – Safe Haven by Oscar Dewhurst

Fallow deer walking across frost-covered playing fields at dawn. Richmond Park, London, UK. Oscar Dewhurst.
Fallow deer walking across frost-covered playing fields at dawn. Richmond Park, London, UK. © Oscar Dewhurst.

Biodiversity Frogs by Paula Copper

Toads - Paula Cooper
Frogs. © Paula Cooper

People in Nature Ralston Memorial Glen Coe by John Cuthbert

Ralston Memorial Glen Coe - John Cuthbert
Ralston Memorial Glen Coe – © John Cuthbert

Storytelling – The Red Squirrel – A Road to Reintroduction by Joseph Gray

(the first of a set of documentary photographs)

Woodland-resident. Joshua Gray
Woodland-resident. © Joseph Gray

The entries for the film competition were of a similarly high standard and very varied, covering topics from grey seal conservation to the weird and wonderful creatures that live in caves.

The winners of each of the 9 film categories (Innovation, Impact, Just a Minute, Nature Near Me, People and Nature, Presenter, Threatened Environments and Species, and Young Person) can be seen below:

Innovation – Rescue to Release: A Journey in 360º Virtual Reality by Rose Summers

Impact – Toads on the Roads by Yasmine Ellis

Just a Minute – Our Magical Meadow by Becca Barry

Nature Near Me – How to build an insect hotel by Xander Johnston

People and Nature – Dormice – Conserving Brampton’s Indicator by Eleanor Bladon

Presenter – Brilliant British Botany by Joshua Styles

Threatened Environments and Species – Winter Refuge by Sam Whitton

Young Person – Nature’s Vanishing Trick by Lily Macfarlane

All of the winning images and films will be screened and displayed at the Back from the Brink festival, which takes place on the 26th October at We the Curious in Bristol.


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Main image: Fallow deer walking across frost-covered playing fields at dawn. Richmond Park, London, UK. © Oscar Dewhurst.