British Wildlife Photography Awards

To mark our tenth anniversary and help raise awareness about our coast; its incredible biodiversity and the threats it is facing we have expanded the Coast and Marine category to include British and Irish Coastlines within four separate categories; Wales, Scotland, England, and Northern Ireland & the Coast of Ireland.


The competition is open to anyone except those directly involved in the organisation and judging (including their families and relatives).

Still images, all categories

  • Young Photographer: up to 6 images, free
  • Bronze: 1 image, £10
  • Silver: up to 5 images, £20
  • Gold: up to 20 images, £30
  • Diamond: up to 40 images, £40

Video entry

  • Video entry: £10 per clip, up to 5 clips

Entrants for “Young People’s British Wildlife Photographer – up to 12 years” must be under 12 years old on the day the competition closes.
Entrants for “Young People’s British Wildlife Photographer – 12 to 18 years” must be between 12 and 18 years old on the day the competition closes

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 


Each category winner (except British Seasons, Habitat and Behaviour) will receive a Canon EOS M50 with the EF-M 15-45mm and EF-M 55-200mm lens.

Wildlife in HD Video

The prize in the Wildlife in HD Video category is a Canon XA11 Full HD Camcorder.

Wildpix categories

There are two special awards to encourage participation by young people. These are free to enter.

Young British Wildlife Photographer (Up to 11): £300
Young British Wildlife Photographer (12–18): £500

Copyright and permissions

By submitting images to the BWPA, each entrant confirms and warrants that:

they are the sole author of each entry and that it is their original work;
they own the copyright and any other intellectual property rights of each image;
they have the permission of anyone pictured in the image (or, where the image shows any persons under 18, the consent of their parent/guardian) for the usage rights required by BWPA and will indemnify BWPA against any claims made by any third parties in respect of such infringement;
they have not licensed or disposed of any rights in the image that would conflict with uses to be made by BWPA; and
they have received any necessary permissions from the owner(s) of objects including buildings included in submitted images for the usage rights required by BWPA and will indemnify BWPA against any claims made by any third parties in respect of such infringement.

By entering the competition, you grant BWPA and its sponsors and supporters a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media, the images for any purpose directly connected with the competition. This may include, but is not limited to: inclusion in a book of winning and commended images; display at exhibitions; display on a web browser for judging purposes; on the BWPA website and on the websites of sponsors and supporters; on social media used by BWPA, its sponsors and supporters; for use in releases to be distributed to national, regional & specialist press and other media giving information about or promoting the competition.

Entrants agree that the organisers can sub-license images to the media for reproduction in connection with the competition and exhibition only.
BWPA will make every reasonable effort to ensure that name credits are given to any photograph published in any medium.
Free usage of any photograph will not be permitted by BWPA, or any of its partners or sponsors outside of the scope of the competition and exhibition.
There is no plan envisaged by BWPA, or any of its partners or sponsors, to create a general commercial library of the images entered into this competition.
Entrants retain the copyright to images submitted.
Images used on merchandise commissioned by the organisers will be discussed individually with the photographer concerned and a separate agreement made.

The 2019 competition opened on 4 November 2018 and closes on 6 April 2019.

Contest page

BP Portrait Photo Contest 2019

The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over.

The BP Portrait Award 2019 exhibition will run at the National Portrait Gallery from 13 June to 20 October 2019. In its fortieth year at the National Portrait Gallery and thirtieth year of sponsorship by BP it continues to be an unmissable highlight of the annual art calendar.

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