An exhibition showcasing the winners of last year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards open at Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton on January 18.
The breathtaking exhibition of 100 photographic images of wildlife, including winning and commended entries will be on display until March.
The British Wildlife Photography Awards were created to celebrate the talents of both amateur and professional photographers, while simultaneously highlighting the great wealth of British natural history.
With twelve separate categories including a special category for Wildlife in HD Video, the awards beautifully reveal the splendour of Britain’s wildlife.
There are also two junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.
Chris Packham, Naturalist and TV Presenter said: “These stunning images by so many talented photographers highlight the diversity, breadth and beauty of our precious wildlife and the need to protect their habitats.
“The British Wildlife Photography Awards are without doubt one of the most important photography awards in the UK.
“Anything that raises the public’s awareness of the importance to conserve and protect British wildlife is very close to my heart and these awards afford a spectacular insight into the habitat and behaviour of our British wildlife. From blue tits to badgers, never has Britain’s wildlife looked more beautiful”
The winning photographer received £5,000.
Category winners will receive a Canon PowerShot S110 Camera and a Canon PIXMA PRO 10 Printer.
Wildlife in HD Video category winner will receive a Sky World HD package and a 3D TV. Plus a Canon XA -10 Professional Camcorder.
The British Seasons Category prize is £700 worth of Páramo clothing plus an f-stop Tilopa or Loka camera bag with medium ICU, subject to availability.
The Young winner (under 12) will receive: £300
The young winner (12 -18) will receive: £500
The British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 4 showcases the very best entries from the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2013. This stunning coffee table book is a celebration of British wildlife as captured on camera by today’s best amateur and professional photographers. The book is available here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/0749574798/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1377540651&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX110_SY165
Canon, SKY+HD, RSPB Wildlife Explorers, WWF, The Wildlife Trusts, Forestry Commission England, City of London, Countryside Jobs Service, Sparsholt College Hampshire, Buglife, Paramo and Outdoor Photography Magazine.