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logo: BWPA The British Wildlife Photography Awards proudly announce the winners for 2019.

The awards celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife. Winning images are chosen from thousands of entries in fifteen separate categories including a category for film and two junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

Grey herons thrive around London’s wilder waterways, but they also do well in more urban settings such as the smaller parks and canals, despite the litter and large numbers of people walking by. This individual was hunting in the cover of a bridge – presumably the fish were taking shelter among the fallen leaves and plastic bottles. The morning light shining through a grill gives the impression that the bird is trapped as it gazes out through the mesh.


To mark its tenth anniversary and help raise awareness about our coast; its incredible biodiversity and the threats it is facing BWPA 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.


CJS has been a sponsor of the Awards since the first competition in 2010, we've sponsored a few different categories over the years but recently we've been delighted to be associated with the Botanical Britain section.  This year there is another incredible image: a single bluebell in a sea of green mare's tail, it was captured by Jack Mortimer in Worton Woods, Oxfordshire


Last night (Wednesday 18) saw the gala opening of the tenth British Wildlife Photography Awards.

Hosted by Mark Carwardine who comments “Who needs penguins or polar bears when we have puffins and badgers?

"With so many photographers scouring the globe for exotic megafauna, it’s easy to forget how much wildlife we have in our own small and densely populated backyard. Just look up – from behind your desk, the kitchen sink or inside your car – and the chances are you will see a wild creature of one kind or another. A red fox running across a field, a blue tit on the bird table, or a red kite over the motorway. We are very fortunate in having an outstanding biodiversity in this country – so it’s not surprising that British Wildlife Photography Awards has become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the wildlife photography calendar.

"This year, BWPA celebrates its tenth anniversary and I am delighted that it is marking the occasion by focusing on British coasts. The Coast and Marine category has now been expanded to include four separate categories"

There's one category for each nation of the British isles, the overall winner (above) was the entry for Scotland.

Click through to see all the winners.



Over 100 images including the winning and commended entries launches at the Mall Galleries, London, commencing Tuesday 16th September 2019 and is open until 1pm Sunday September 22nd.  After this the exhibition will go on tour around the country,  See the full tour details here to find a location close to you so you can see the incredible images in glorious full size.

We are collating our coverage of the awards including many of the winning images here: https://countryside-jobs.com/NewsArchive/2019/BWPA19.html


Want to go to next year's gala?

logo: CJS Photo CompetitionIf you take photographs of anything countryside related, it doesn’t have to be wildlife then you should consider entering our own photography competition and you never know you might end up at the gala! We have a very special prize for the overall winner (and guest) of our photography competition who will receive an invitation to the gala opening night of next year's awards.  This year's awards ceremony was held on Wednesday and was hosted by Mark Carwardine. You'll get to see all the winning photographs in high definition, get to meet the photographers and the judges as well as representatives from the many supporters.  Entry is exclusively by invitation only, this really is a special prize that money can't buy.

You can enter any countryside relevant image at any time, we are suggesting themes each month.  As the summer season is mostly over this month (September) the theme is Visitors and Recreation and the winning image for September will receive a membership package (individual, joint or family) to Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust - you never know you might snap another winning image when visiting one of their many amazing sites.

Full details of the CJS Photo Competition here.


So which one do you like?

Britghter Skies on the Horizon (Rich Bunce /  BWPA)The CJS Team has been pouring over the lovely photographs all week, marvelling at the skill and patience needed.  As Katie says: "Glad I’m not a judge, I like all of them!" 

But we did manage to narrow it down to one or two favoured images.  We were all drawn to bird images this year.


Rich Bunce: Brighter Skies on the Hoizon (Rock dove), Burley in Wharfdale, West Yorkshire


Both Amy and Carla chose Rich Bunce's Brighter Skies on the Horizon which won the Habitats Category.  "I just think it’s a really lovely photograph and like how it’s got the houses & trees below… plus it’s in Yorkshire!" says Carla.  Amy thought the silhouette like images of the birds were amazing adding, "then there are the different layers to the photo with the mist, the sun allows you to just make out the houses and trees below."  Blue tits in spring (Paul Sawer / BWPA)Katie was drawn to this one as well  saying, "it’s a view we never get to see and I like how the birds stand out as the town wakes up beneath" but then kept scrolling though the images and fell for the blue tits by Paul Sawer,  "I love the Blue Tits in Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn (can’t pick which one though!)."


Blue Tits in Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn by Paul Sawer


Swift skimming water (Robin Chittenden / BWPA)The image that caught my attention was Robin Chittenden's  swift skimming the water, the technical skill required to achieve such a perfectly composed, in focus image and the reflection too - magic.


Common swift skimming thew water, Norwich, Norfolk by Robin Chittenden


Brown hare (Thomas Easterbrook / BWPA)And a special mention for the hare photo taken by Thomas Easterbrook aged 11 - I have soft spot for hares and this one looks so wise, holding so many secrets.


Brown hare on a damp spring morning, Havergate Island, Suffolk by Thomas Easterbrook (Age 11)



Congratulations to all the photographers, your images are incredible and amazing.





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