2019 British Wildlife Photography Awards

View the winning images from the tenth British Wildlife Photography Awards.

© Daniel Trim/British Wildlife Photographer of the Year

About the competition

The British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) celebrates the wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history, and showcase the talents of photographers practicing in the UK. The competition aims to encourage discovery, exploration, conservation and enjoyment of our natural heritage, whilst also raising awareness about British diversity, species and habitats.

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Photographers can enter up to 40 images across all of the categories, under different fees (young photographers can enter up to 6 images for free). Videos can also be entered into the Wildlife in HD Video category at £10 per clip (maximum of five clips).

The winning images receive prizes, with the overall winner receiving £5,000. Winning and commended entrants have their work showcased in a national touring exhibition and in a book.

Mark Carwardine says:

 Who needs penguins or polar bears when we have puffins and badgers? With so many photographers scouring the globe for exotic megafauna, it’s easy to forget how much wildlife we have in our own small and densely populated backyard. 

We are very fortunate in having an outstanding biodiversity in this country – so it’s not surprising that British Wildlife Photography Awards has become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the wildlife photography calendar.

This year, BWPA celebrates its tenth anniversary and I am delighted that it is marking the occasion by focusing on British coasts. The Coast and Marine category has now been expanded 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.

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To view the images as a slideshow, click on the arrows in the top right-hand corner of the photos below.

Overall winner and Urban category winner: Behind bars (grey heron, London). © Daniel Trim/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Overall winner and Urban category winner: Behind bars (grey heron, London). © Daniel Trim/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Animal Portraits winner: Peering through the darkness (small-spotted catshark, Loch Fyne, Argyll and Bute). © Mark Kirkland/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Animal Portraits winner: Peering through the darkness (small-spotted catshark, Loch Fyne, Argyll and Bute). © Mark Kirkland/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Animal Behaviour winner: common swift skimming the water (common swift, Norwich, Norfolk). © Robin Chittenden/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Animal Behaviour winner: common swift skimming the water (Norwich, Norfolk). © Robin Chittenden/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Hidden Britain winner: garden spider (Reading, Berkshire). © Alan Smith/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Hidden Britain winner: garden spider (Reading, Berkshire). © Alan Smith/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Overall Coast And Marine Category winner and Coast And Marine Scotland Winner: Seal in Seaweed garden (grey seal, Isle of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Argyll and Bute). © Alex Mustard/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Overall Coast And Marine Category winner and Coast And Marine Scotland Winner: Seal in Seaweed garden (grey seal, Isle of Coll, Inner Hebrides, Argyll and Bute). © Alex Mustard/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Coast and Marine England winner:Stalked jellyfish and Rissoa snail (Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset). © Paul Pettitt/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Coast And Marine England winner:
Stalked jellyfish and Rissoa snail (Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset). © Paul Pettitt/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Coast and Marine Northern Ireland and Coast of Ireland winner:Mauve stinger (Malin Beg, Donegal, County Donegal, Ireland). ©Trevor Rees/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Coast And Marine Northern Ireland and Coast of Ireland winner:
Mauve stinger (Malin Beg, Donegal, County Donegal, Ireland). ©Trevor Rees/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Coast And Marine Wales winner: Plaice face (Criccieth Beach, Gwynedd). © Mark Thomas/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Coast And Marine Wales winner: Plaice face (Criccieth Beach, Gwynedd). © Mark Thomas/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Wild Woods winner: Welcome to Narnia (European larch, The Roaches, Upper Hulme, Staffordshire). © Dave Fieldhouse/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Wild Woods winner: Welcome to Narnia (European larch, The Roaches, Upper Hulme, Staffordshire). © Dave Fieldhouse/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Habitat winner: Brighter skies on the horizon (rock dove or feral pigeon, Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire). © Rich Bunce/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Habitat winner: Brighter skies on the horizon (rock dove or feral pigeon, Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire). © Rich Bunce/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Botanical Britain winner:Amongst emerald depths (Bluebell and mare’s tail, Worton Woods, Oxfordshire). © Jack Mortimer/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Botanical Britain winner: Amongst emerald depths (Bluebell and mare’s tail, Worton Woods, Oxfordshire). © Jack Mortimer/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Black and white winner:Marbled white In grass (marbled white, Darley Bridge, Derbyshire). © Nicholas Court/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Black and white winner: Marbled white In grass (marbled white, Darley Bridge, Derbyshire). © Nicholas Court/British Wildlife Photography Awards
British Seasons winner (4 images in the series): blue tit in winter (Rendham, Suffolk). © Paul Sawer/British Wildlife Photography Awards
British Seasons winner (4 images in the series): blue tit in winter (Rendham, Suffolk). © Paul Sawer/British Wildlife Photography Awards
British Seasons winner (4 images in the series): blue tit in spring (Rendham, Suffolk). © Paul Sawer/British Wildlife Photography Awards
British Seasons winner (4 images in the series): blue tit in spring (Rendham, Suffolk). © Paul Sawer/British Wildlife Photography Awards
British Seasons winner (4 images in the series): blue tit in summer (Rendham, Suffolk). © Paul Sawer/British Wildlife Photography Awards
British Seasons winner (4 images in the series): blue tit in summer (Rendham, Suffolk). © Paul Sawer/British Wildlife Photography Awards
British Seasons winner (4 images in the series): blue tit in autumn (Rendham, Suffolk). © Paul Sawer/British Wildlife Photography Awards
British Seasons winner (4 images in the series): blue tit in autumn (Rendham, Suffolk). © Paul Sawer/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Documentary winner (six images in the series): Britain's most loved mammal (European hedgehog, various locations, Cornwall). © Lawrie Brailey/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Documentary winner (six images in the series): Britain’s most loved mammal (European hedgehog, various locations, Cornwall). © Lawrie Brailey/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Documentary winner (six images in the series): Britain's most loved mammal (European hedgehog, various locations, Cornwall). © Lawrie Brailey/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Documentary winner (six images in the series): Britain’s most loved mammal (European hedgehog, various locations, Cornwall). © Lawrie Brailey/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Documentary winner (six images in the series): Britain's most loved mammal (European hedgehog, various locations, Cornwall). © Lawrie Brailey/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Documentary winner (six images in the series): Britain’s most loved mammal (European hedgehog, various locations, Cornwall). © Lawrie Brailey/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Documentary winner (six images in the series): Britain's most loved mammal (European hedgehog, various locations, Cornwall). © Lawrie Brailey/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Documentary winner (six images in the series): Britain’s most loved mammal (European hedgehog, various locations, Cornwall). © Lawrie Brailey/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Documentary winner (six images in the series): Britain's most loved mammal (European hedgehog, various locations, Cornwall). © Lawrie Brailey/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Documentary winner (six images in the series): Britain’s most loved mammal (European hedgehog, various locations, Cornwall). © Lawrie Brailey/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Documentary winner (six images in the series): Britain's most loved mammal (European hedgehog, various locations, Cornwall). © Lawrie Brailey/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Documentary winner (six images in the series): Britain’s most loved mammal (European hedgehog, various locations, Cornwall). © Lawrie Brailey/British Wildlife Photography Awards
12-18 winner: spiny starfish (Falmouth, Cornwall). © Jacob Guy/British Wildlife Photography Awards
12-18 winner: spiny starfish (Falmouth, Cornwall). © Jacob Guy/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Under 12 winner: Under the spotlight (razorbill, Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire). © Ollie Teasdale/British Wildlife Photography Awards
Under 12 winner: Under the spotlight (razorbill, Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire). © Ollie Teasdale/British Wildlife Photography Awards