Winning images announced for British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017

A picture of a bird at Heathrow airport is the overall winning image. 


‘Heathrow Roostings’ was chosen as the overall winner © Daniel Trim


The British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) have shared the winners of its prestigious competition, now in its eighth year.

The overall winner was ‘Heathrow Roostings’ by Daniel Trim, which shows a pied wagtail at Heathrow Airport.

“Living near London, I’m always amazed by how nature can benefit from urban areas,” says Trim. “There are many urban pied wagtail roosts across the UK during winter and they are incredibly important for the birds’ survival during these harder times, both for the additional warmth our buildings generate but also because there’s safety in numbers.”

Describing how he took this image, Trim explains that he waited on a cold night for the pied wagtails to come in to roost.

“Hundreds were dropping in to the trees next to the terminal building, all calling away. It’s an impressive site to see and once the initial excitement was over I spent time looking for birds I could isolate against interesting background lighting.”

An exhibition of the BWPA images begins at the Mall Galleries in London, and will visit a number of venues in the UK. The 2018 competition will open in February 2018.

All the winning images can be seen on the BWPA website, and in a special supplement accompanying the January 2018 issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine (on sale 20 December 2017).

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