Categories

Animal Portraits

The judges will be looking for an image that captures the character or spirit of the subject in an imaginative way; and expect to get a sense of the animal’s "personality" from the photograph. All species will be considered.


Animal Behaviour

Entries can show any aspect of wildlife behaviour or an action. This could be unusual, interesting, amusing or remarkable behaviour, or depict something familiar in a new light. Show the judges something they don’t know or haven’t seen before, or invite them to look again at what they thought they already knew. 


Urban Wildlife

Wherever we live, wildlife can be found alongside us in our towns and cities, parks, gardens and backyards. The judges are looking for an original image that shows wild animals or plants within an urban environment. 


Sponsored by: City of London

Hidden Britain

Reveal the secret universe that is life on a small scale – a life that is all around us but rarely seen. This category is for invertebrate animal species only.


Sponsored by: Buglife

Coast and Marine

We are looking for an imaginative photograph that reveals the nature or behaviour of marine wildlife, or creates a sense of place or occasion. Marine and maritime species near the sea, underwater, at the sea shore and coastal zone only will be considered.

Sponsored by: WWF

Wild Woods

The judges will be looking for a winning image that celebrates the beauty and importance or sheer splendour of our British woods. Photographs must be clearly taken of or within woodland. Entries could be portraits of woodland wildlife, breathtaking wooded landscapes, seasonal scenes, intricate details of plants or show the relationships between species and habitats that occur within our woods and forests. There are plenty of fantastic photographs of woodland wildlife and seasonal landscapes full of mood and atmosphere waiting to be made. 


Habitat

The judges will be looking for an imaginative and original image that powerfully portrays the importance of the environment and ecosystems that sustain the wildlife within them. This can include animals, plants, and the relationships between them; for example a butterfly feeding on wild flowers or a barn owl hunting over rough grassland. 


Sponsored by: The Wildlife Trusts

Botanical Britain

This category includes botanical subjects photographed in Britain, including: trees, plants, flowers, fungi and algae. Capture the essence, beauty and diversity of the botanical world, whether close-up, macro or as part of a wider scene. 


Sponsored by: Countryside Jobs Service

Close to Nature

This category encourages photographers to explore the beauty of nature close up and its ability to create extraordinary designs, symmetry, form and patterns. For this category the judges will look for innovation and creativity whether figurative or abstract, and can include any aspect of British wildlife - flora or fauna. For example: a study of shells, wild flowers, an insects wing, or patterns made by rock, ice, and water. 


British Nature in Black and White

Any images of British wildlife and landscapes are eligible. This includes all animals, plant life, underwater creatures and landscape subjects. The judges will be looking for creativity and innovation in the use of the medium.  


British Seasons

For this category the judges are looking for a stunning portfolio of images. The portfolio needs to portray British wildlife at its very best in each of the four seasons; Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, or a portfolio of up to four from just one season. Each image needs to capture the essence of the season together with a wildlife subject from any British location. The portfolio must work together as a set, themes are also encouraged. Each portfolio can either be four seasons or a single season.


Sponsored by: Páramo

Wildlife in HD Video

The judges will be looking for the most inspirational and dynamic sequence (up to 90 seconds) which clearly illustrates the unique power of moving images as a medium for capturing British wildlife and our natural heritage. It can be from an HD DSLR Camera, HD Video Camera/Camcorder, or any other film device which captures HD (high definition) moving images. Films in SD (standard definition) are not eligible for this category.

Judges will be assessing all the potential qualities including the sharpness of images, vibrancy of the colours and quality of sound. Any aspect of British wildlife will be considered. Here are some typical (and not exclusive) examples of short films:

  • Creating a memorable portrait of a British wildlife species
  • Highlighting a specific conservation issue related to British wildlife
  • Showing unusual or remarkable behaviour
  • About an individual animal such as a local fox who visits your garden or a special rescue case
  • On a specific area or reserve that is special to you

The winning film will be featured on the BWPA winners page and in the forthcoming BWPA book. 

If you are short-listed, you will be asked to supply a still image either taken directly from the video itself or a camera still image shot during the filming. Camera stills are the preferred option if possible. The higher the resolution the better.

For full instructions and video technical details see how to submit your video entries.

Sponsored by: Sky+HD

Documentary Series

The documentary series can be a sequence of images of any British wildlife, conservation or environmental issue. The judges will be looking for innovation in story telling, within a portfolio of up to six images.


Sponsored by: CVP

WildPix - under 12

FREE ENTRY in this category

The titles of WildPix - Young British Wildlife Photographer are given to the photographers whose images are judged to be the most striking and memorable of all the young entries. The images can be of any British or UK Wildlife. There are no specific categories and all species will be considered. It can be an animal portrait, wildlife behaviour or action, artistic interpretation of a subject, wildlife in your garden, the hidden world of tiny creatures under stones, logs and in rock pools, wildlife that lives in parks, towns, houses and buildings and the wealth of wildlife in the countryside and at the coast. 

Explore and discover Britain’s natural and urban environments, and its bounty of wildlife species including birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians and marine life.

Do not enter pets, animals in cages or farm animals as these are not allowed. Other captive wildlife is allowed provided you explain how it is captive.

You can enter up to four individual images.

If you are aged between 12 and 18 there is a WildPix category for you too.


Sponsored by: RSPB Wildlife Explorers

Wildpix 12-18 years

FREE ENTRY in this category

The titles of WildPix - Young British Wildlife Photographer are given to the photographers whose images are judged to be the most striking and memorable of all the young entries. The images can be of any British or UK Wildlife. There are no specific categories and all species will be considered. It can be an animal portrait, wildlife behaviour or action, artistic interpretation of a subject, wildlife in your garden, the hidden world of tiny creatures under stones, logs and in rock pools, wildlife that lives in parks, towns, houses and buildings and the wealth of wildlife in the countryside and at the coast. 

Explore and discover Britain’s natural and urban environments, and its bounty of wildlife species including birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians and marine life.

Do not enter pets, animals in cages or farm animals as these are not allowed. Other captive wildlife is allowed provided you explain how it is captive.

You can enter up to four individual images.

If you are under 12 there is a WildPix category for you too.


Sponsored by: RSPB Wildlife Explorers