Awards seeking wildlife snappers

The Nationwide hunt is on to find the next "British Wildlife Photographer 2012"
The Nationwide hunt is on to find the next "British Wildlife Photographer 2012"

IT’s a competition that has proved successful for a number of Berwickshire photographers in the past few years, including Leitholm’s Ron McCombe (whose photo is above), and now the British Wildlife Photography Awards is seeking entries for 2012.

The Awards were established to recognise the talents of wildlife photographers of all nationalities practising in Britain, whilst at the same time highlighting the great wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history.

The driving motivation to set up the Awards evolved through the nation’s growing awareness of the local environment and the need for its protection.

Now in its fourth year, the highly acclaimed and unique wildlife photography competition has captivated the nation with outstanding and beautiful imagery.

The competition is a celebration of British wildlife as well as a showcase for leading nature photographers, both amateur and professional.

There are 12 categories in this year’s competition: Animal Portraits; Animal Behaviour; Urban Wildlife; Hidden Britain; Coast and Marine; Wild Woods; Wildlife in my Back Yard; Living Landscape; British Seasons; Documentary Series and Wildlife in HD video.

An excellent prize fund of £20,000 is up for grabs to entrants, with £5,000 of that going to the overall winner.

And it’s not just the victors of each category whose pictures will be seen by the public; the images receiving judges’ commendations will form part of a series of nationwide exhibitions, with the schedule of dates and venues to be confirmed shortly.

Winners and commended entries will also be featured in the book ‘British Wildlife Photography Awards Collection 3’, published by AA Publishing.

Whilst the majority of entrants are bound to be more seasoned photographers, there are special prizes available for younger snappers.

There are two special awards to encourage participation by young people, both of which are free to enter.

There’s a £300 prize available to the winner of Young British Wildlife Photographer (up to 11 years old) and £500 for 12-18 year olds.

To take home a prize photographers will have to impress a judging panel.

The panel includes Neil Aldridge - Conservation Photojournalist, Greg Armfield - Film and Photography Manager World Wildlife Foundation; Sue Herdman - Editor of National Trust Magazine, Stephen Moss - Naturalist and TV Producer.

Entrants can submit their photos via email or by post, with a deadline of May 12.

For more detailed information about the competition, including how to enter, a full description of categories, shooting tips, and terms and conditions, please visit the competition website: www.bwpawards.co.uk.