British Wildlife Photography Awards: Category Winners

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The Ranger is reporting the winners from the BWPA ceremony at Hoopers Gallery, London. There are some remarkable pictures here, really wonderful stuff. But of course there can only be so many awards given, and one overall winner. We’ve got access to those top images courtesy of BWPA. So read on to enjoy the cream of British wildlife photography right here on Naturenet.

British Wildlife Photography Awards

CATEGORY WINNERS Category: Animal Portraits

© all rights reserved Ben Hall, BWPA, Gannets

© all rights reserved Ben Hall, BWPA, Gannets

Category: Urban Wildlife

© all rights reserved Lorne Gill, BWPA, The Ultimate Flock

© all rights reserved Lorne Gill, BWPA, The Ultimate Flock

Category: Habitat

© all rights reserved Ben Hall, BWPA, Fallow buck at dawn

© all rights reserved Ben Hall, BWPA, Fallow buck at dawn

Category: Hidden Britain Also overall winner

© all rights reserved Ross Hoddinot, BWPA, Damselfly silhouette

© all rights reserved Ross Hoddinot, BWPA, Damselfly silhouette

Category: Coast and Marine

© All rights reserved Alex Mustard, BWPA, Grey seal

© All rights reserved Alex Mustard, BWPA, Grey seal

Category: Wildlife Behaviour

© All rights reserved David Slater, BWPA, Blackbirds fighting

© All rights reserved David Slater, BWPA, Blackbirds fighting

Category: Wildlife in my Locality

© All rights reserved Noel Bennett, BWPA, Tranquillity, mute swan on canal

© All rights reserved Noel Bennett, BWPA, Tranquillity, mute swan on canal

The exhibition of around 80 images, including all winning and commended entries launches at Hooper’s Gallery, Clerkenwell, London on Thursday 24 September and is open until Friday 16 October. A year-long nationwide tour of the exhibition will follow throughout England, Scotland and Wales. The British Wildlife Photography Awards are being supported by Natural England, WWF-UK, The Wildlife Trusts, The National Trust, The National Trust for Scotland and Outdoor Photography Magazine. Dr Helen Phillips, Natural England’s Chief Executive, said:

Natural England is delighted to be involved in this year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards, which have so successfully engaged people of all ages with the wonders of our natural environment. I’d like to congratulate all of the entrants for the exceptionally high quality of their images ” they are spectacular, and together they provide a stunning visual testimony to the importance of protecting and enhancing our amazing wildlife.

Dates for the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2010 competition (opening in March 2010) will be announced on the BWPA web site later this autumn. You can sign up to the BWPA mailing list to be kept informed.

Matthew Chatfield

Uncooperative crusty. Unofficial Isle of Wight cultural ambassador. Conservation, countryside and the environment, with extra stuff about spiders.

4 thoughts on “British Wildlife Photography Awards: Category Winners

  • 12th May, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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    Eeeeuw! A friend from New Zealand crashed her car because a huge huntsman spider was hiding behind her sun visor. When she pulled it down, the monstrous thing fell/jumped onto her and she lost control of the car. Yes, injuries, yes, car a write off, not sure whether spider survived. New Zealand has no venomous spiders, but these big scary hairy ones seem to do mischief without poison.

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  • 12th May, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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    That’s a famous old pic; used for scaring spiderphobes everywhere! Sadly its hard to say if the spider really is that big – could be a really tiny clock. Still, huntsmen are seriously big, for sure! But relax, there are none in the UK though, honestly.

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  • 12th May, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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    The Goliath birdeating spider may be the biggest spider on earth but the huntsman spider comes a very close second with its knee-trembling leg span of 250″300 mm (9.8″11.8 in).

    I discovered this behemoth on the interwebs – it’s a famous internet meme. See here for more. The picture alone frightened the bejeezus out of me!

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  • 12th May, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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    i was in the kitchen when i heard a blood curdling scream from the bedroom. 1993 wirral england.
    i ran upstairs to see my girlfriend in terror looking into our bedroom, i burst in to see a spider on the wall directly above our bed and i shit you not it’s leg span was 20″ yes that’s inches at least… i myself took a gulp when i saw it.
    i managed to get it into a wicker type waste paper bin, as i was taking said recepticle downstairs and into the back garden its legs were coming out of all the holes in said basket.. wich is a goot foot across.
    i eventually chucked the beastie over the back fence….but i recently told my workmates this tale and they dont belive the size of my spider…
    have you heard of or come across such large spiders in the uk..thanks. andy.

    The Ranger responds: dude, what were you smokin’? No, seriously, there’s no spider on earth that is 20″ across. The largest known is half that size. So there’s most unlikely to have been one in north-west England, even in 1993. If you’d kept your new friend instead of evicting it you could be rich and famous now, and living off chat-show appearances.

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