The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015

A Celebration of British Wildlife

The British Wildlife Photography Awards proudly announce the winners for 2015. View some of the extraordinary press coverage this year which has reached tens of millions

Winning images are chosen from thousands of entries in sixteen separate categories including a special film category for Wildlife in HD Video and three junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography. See the winning images and videos here.

“The British Wildlife Photography Awards has become one of the most anticipated events in the wildlife photography calendar. The bar in wildlife photography has already been raised to unimaginably high levels of sophistication, innovation and artistic vision, yet the standard somehow continues to get better and better. This latest collection of images is testament to the sheer level of interest in wildlife in Britain and, above all, the remarkable abilities of our wildlife photographers”. Mark Carwardine, zoologist, writer, photographer and broadcaster. 

"Sea cliffs provide a haven from potential predators, a place for birds to breed, hunt and safely raise the next generation. This vertigo-inducing shot shows guano-stained rocks, the bustle of lower ledges with birds packed tightly and gannets hunting over the inky seas below. The judges felt it was the unique perspective of this shot and its ability to reveal something new about seabird life that made it such a firm favourite." Matt Swaine Editor, BBC Wildlife Magazine.  

“Photographers around the UK continue to be inspired by this competition and enter fabulous imagery which demonstrates a passion for, and a connection to, our wonderful wildlife. Each work illustrates the many different ways in which we can connect with wild places and wild creatures. Worlds collide in Barrie Williams’ beautiful and evocative image, which demands a double-take, affording a unique insight into the habitat and behaviour of gannets. The British Wildlife Photography Awards continue to offer the natural world with the recognition, and reverence, it deserves.” Paul Wilkinson, competition judge and The Wildlife Trusts’ head of Living Landscape

British Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 is Barrie Williams, for his overall winning picture of gannets on a cliff, ‘On the Edge’ 

British Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015



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 2015: the competition closed
  • 14 September 2015: the winners were announced and 2015 exhibition tour begins
  • February 2016: the 2016 competition opens

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