What to see at the 2017 British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition

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Where to see the British Wildlife Photography exhibition

Our highlights from the annual celebration of photography of British wildlife and where you can see the touring exhibition near you

From a pied wagtail roosting at Heathrow airport to an eerie woodland in the Peak District, the British Wildlife Photography Awards bring together a striking selection of photos that highlight the diversity of British nature

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017
Locations around the UK, until August 2018. See the awards' website for details

Since 2009, the British Wildlife Photography Awards have celebrated the diversity of British wildlife, while encouraging talented photographers to bring their evocative shots of nature to a wider audience.

The 15 categories in the competition – which is open to both amateur and professional photographers – reflect the rich variety of wildlife in the UK, and include Animal Behaviour, Urban Wildlife, Coast and Marine, Botanical Britain, Close to Nature, and British Seasons. The winners were announced at the start of November 2017.

Crepuscular Contentment (Eurasian badger), Andrew Parkinson

Picture this

Between now and August 2018, exhibitions displaying over 100 images, including the winning and commended entries, will be on show at venues around the country, including at Nature in Art Gallery and Museum in Gloucestershire, Horniman Museum and Gardens in London, and Nunnington Hall in Yorkshire.

A book, British Wildlife Photography Awards 8, also showcases the best entries.

Flight of fancy

Categories for under-12s and 12-to-18 year olds help to encourage interest in the natural world from young people. The winner of the 12-to-18 prize is this photo of a short-eared owl in Farlington, Hampshire.

The winning photo was taken by Matthew Roseveare, who says that the owl emerged to hunt for prey above the marshes as the light began to fade. "I was amazed when it began to fly towards me – it is a moment I will never forget!"

Heathrow Roostings (pied wagtail), Daniel Trim

Pied piper

The competition attracts thousands of entries each year, and the winner of the first prize is awarded £5,000.

The overall winning image in the 2017 awards is by Daniel Trim, and is of a pied wagtail at Heathrow airport. In winter, the birds roost communally in urban areas for the additional warmth given off by buildings and lights.

"I waited for a cold night, when their numbers swell," says Daniel. "It wasn't long until hundreds were dropping in to the trees next to the terminal building, all calling away. It's an impressive sight to see."

A Magical Morning (silver birch), Francis Taylor

Branching out

The photographs aren't only of birds and animals. The Wild Woods category highlights the UK's beautiful woodlands – the winning entry is this atmospheric shot, taken by Francis Taylor in the Peak District National Park.

Taylor says that thick fog drifted through the eerie silver birches at Bolehill Quarry, which is near Chesterfield, creating a magical morning of light.

See further images from the awards, which also include a category for film, in the video below:

The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017 on YouTube

And to see stunning, large-format prints of some of the photos for yourself, the exhibition of some of the best entries can be seen at the following locations:

• Nature in Art Gallery and Museum, Gloucestershire, 7 November–2 January 2018

Astley Hall, Lancashire, 25 November–31 December 2017

• Horniman Museum and Gardens, London, 25 November–14 January 2018

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Dorset, 20 January–3 March 2018

Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton, 20 January–25 March 2018

• The Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, 10 March–29 April 2018

Nunnington Hall, Yorkshire, 19 May–15 July 2018

• Red Brick Building, Glastonbury, 16 July–25 August 2018

Images published in British Wildlife Photography Awards 8 (Ammonite Press). For further information, go to bwpawards.org

If you’ve got an eye for a good photo, why not enter the Boundless photography competition – find out more here (closing date 31 January 2018).

Main image: The Golden Hour Hunt (short-eared owl), Matthew Roseveare, winner of the 12-18 category

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