The winners of the British Wildlife Photography Awards, now in their fourth year, have been announced today. Unlike other wildlife competitions the awards are uniquely British, with all of the images taken of British animals in their natural habitats.
The winning image is a dramatic picture of a Bottlenose Dolphin playing in the waves near The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, taken by George Karbus. He said that “the photograph was taken in the most intimidating and surf-heavy spot on the north coast of Ireland”.
The British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 4 is a beautiful coffee table book that showcases the very best entries from this year’s awards. A celebration of British wildlife as captured on camera by today’s best amateur and professional photographers, it is spit into 10 separate categories covering everything from marine life and animal behaviour to creepy crawlies and urban wildlife, and reveals the surprising diversity of Britain’s animals. There are also two junior categories which always attract impressive entries.
Some of the stand-out images that won their categories include a colourful close-up of a Tommy fish taken at Trefor Pier in North Wales, magnificent Red Deer stags enduring a blizzard in Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park and a furious Grey Wagtail attacking his own reflection in the wing mirror of a car in Norfolk.
All of the images from the British Wildlife Photography Awards are included in a beautiful hardback book, British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 4, AA Publishing, £25, out 10 September. The images will be on display in a free exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London from 17 September before embarking on a nationwide tour. For more information please visit www.bwpawards.co.uk