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British Wildlife Photography Awards 2011

The 2011 British Wildlife Photography Awards competition is now open for entries. The aim of this competition is to showcase the very best of British nature photography to a wide audience and engage all ages with evocative and powerful imagery.

The British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2011 are your chance to win a prestigious photography award and cash prize of £5,000.

The British Wildlife Photography Awards were established in 2009.


The key aims of the Awards are to:

  • Recognise the talents of photographers practicing in the UK, while at the same time highlight the great wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history.
  • Celebrate British wildlife, in all its beauty and diversity, through a collection of inspirational photographs.
  • Showcase the very best of our nature photography to a wide audience and engage all ages with evocative and powerful imagery.
  • Encourage discovery, exploration, conservation and enjoyment of our natural heritage.
  • Raise awareness about British biodiversity, species and habitats.

These are the categories for the 2011 competition:

  • Animal Portraits
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Urban Wildlife
  • Hidden Britain
  • Coast and Marine
  • Wildlife in my Backyard
  • Habitat
  • Living Landscape: Connectivity
  • British Seasons
  • Documentary Series
  • Wildlife on Video


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.

Adult Competition

The title of British Wildlife Photographer is given to the photographer whose single image is judged to be the most striking and memorable of all the entries. The photographer of the overall winning image is awarded a first prize of £5,000.

Adult categories

The prizes for each of the adult categories will have a total value around £1,000. Each category prize includes: (or equivalent)

  • Canon PowerShot G12 Camera
  • Canon Pixma Pro 9000 MK II Printer
  • RSPB Binoculars

Video award

Canon LEGRIA HF S21 High Definition Digital Camcorder (value £969.00).

Young Awards

There are three special awards to encourage participation by young people, schools and youth community groups.

  • Young British Wildlife Photographer (Up to 11 years old) £300
  • Young British Wildlife Photographer (12 to 18 years old) £500
  • The British Wildlife Photography Award – for Schools, Youth and Community Groups is given to the group submitting the portfolio judged to be the most memorable, striking and best set of themed images. The prize for the best school youth or community group is Serif Design Suite – value £3,000. A copy of the Serif Design Suite for each of the contributors (£149)* which contains five software titles covering; graphics, photo editing, digital video, DTP and web design. The school or organisation will receive a 50 user license on the Serif Design Suite (£2,199) and a Digital Video camera (£149)
    *Maximum of five individual copies of the software for the winning entrants.


  • The competition is open to anyone except those directly involved in the organisation and judging (including their families and relatives). It is open to all professional and amateur photographers of any nationality.
  • A maximum of 40 images can be entered by Adults. These 40 images can be across all categories including the video category.
  • There is no limit on the number of images which can be entered into each category.
  • There is no limit to the number of categories an individual entrant can enter.
  • No single image may be entered into more than one category
  • Young photographers can enter up to 8 images.
  • VIDEO. Mulitple clips can be entered and submitted on DVD or CD. All video entries must be sent by post.
  • Each video clip must be no longer than one minute in length.
  • Prints can be submitted by post.

How to enter?

Register on the official website and submit your entries according to the complete official rules.

Entry fee

Please visit the official website for details about entry fees. There are quite few available options.