BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS...BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017 4 5 ANIMAL PORTRAITS...

Click here to load reader

  • date post

    24-May-2020
  • Category

    Documents

  • view

    18
  • download

    0

Embed Size (px)

Transcript of BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS...BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017 4 5 ANIMAL PORTRAITS...

  • BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS WINNERS 2017

  • Supplement to BBC Wildlife MagazineSupplement to BBC Wildlife Magazine 3

    The 2017 British Wildlife Photography Awards produced some of the most amazing wildlife images taken in the previous year around the UK by people whose knowledge

    of nature, patience and skill are much to be admired. I was one of judges, so I can testify to what a difficult job we had whittling down the many inspiring pictures entered by all age groups and levels of experience.

    BBC Wildlife Magazine again sponsored the Animal Portraits category and the winner, as you will see overpage, chose to show a very unusual view of a bird you may familiar with but have never seen quite like this before. It’s what the competition does: shows us our nature in a way that opens our eyes to its beauty so we look at it in a different way when we see it in the wild.

    I hope you enjoy this special supplement where we feature the category winners, and you look out for the travelling exhibition throughout 2018 where you will be able to see many of the shortlisted images as well.

    SHEENA HARVEY Editor, BBC Wildlife Magazine

    URBAN WILDLIFE WINNER

    DANIEL TRIMHEATHROW ROOSTINGSPied wagtail, Motacilla albaHeathrow Terminal 5, London

    In winter, pied wagtails roost communally in urban areas, both for protection and for the additional warmth given off by buildings and lights. This extra degree or two can make the difference in harsh weather. Here, a single individual out of hundreds is silhouetted by the lights of Terminal 5 at London Heathrow Airport.

    Category sponsored by The Wildlife Trusts

    FOREWORD

    BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017

    OVERALL WINNER

  • BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017

    4 5

    ANIMAL PORTRAITS WINNER

    MELVIN REDEKERNATURAL BEAUTYAtlantic gannet, Morus bassanusIsle of Noss, Shetland Islands

    If the eyes are the windows to the soul, what do these eyes tell you? Looking for a different perspective for a gannet portrait, I positioned myself on top of the cliffs on the Isle of Noss. Looking straight down I had an intimate view of a group of gannets sitting on a higher ledge. I talked to them and one gannet looked up, revealing its rounded head, symmetry and beautiful blue eyes against its white feathers.

    Category sponsored by BBC Wildlife Magazine

    ANIMAL PORTRAITS WINNER

  • BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017

    Supplement to BBC Wildlife MagazineSupplement to BBC Wildlife Magazine6 7

    ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR WINNER

    ANDREW PARKINSONCREPUSCULAR CONTENTMENTEurasian badger Meles melesDerbyshire, England

    In 15 years of working with badgers I’ve never seen one sit out in the open to have a scratch. I was concealed behind a tree and downwind so it was especially nice that the mustelid had his back to me, demonstrating just how inconspicuous and inconsequential my presence was.

    Category sponsored by Shetland Nature

    ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR WINNER

  • 8 9

    BRITISH NATURE IN BLACK AND WHITE WINNER

    PAULA COOPERWEB OF LIFEBrown-lipped snail, Cepaea nemoralisThetford Forest, Norfolk

    I took this on a very misty day in Thetford Forest. It was too misty to photograph the trees so I tried looking for something closer up; I spotted this little snail making its way up a plant stem. At the moment I took this image the gastropod looked up towards the spider’s web.

    BRITISH NATURE IN BLACK AND WHITE WINNER

  • BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017

    Supplement to BBC Wildlife MagazineSupplement to BBC Wildlife Magazine10 11

    HABITAT WINNER

    BEN HALLWREN ON FROST-ENCRUSTED FERNWren, TroglodytidaeDunham Massey, Cheshire

    Following a cold, clear night I visited a local woodland to photograph deer. The temperature had dropped well below freezing during the night and frost clung to the trees and foliage, completely transforming the landscape. A heavy mist hung in the air, making the deer difficult to spot. After some time I noticed a wren flitting around in the frost-encrusted ferns. I set up my tripod and waited, following it with my lens as it moved. Eventually, it alighted on the top of a fern close by and I inched my way back in an attempt to show the bird in its wintry environment.

    HABITAT WINNER

  • BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017

    Supplement to BBC Wildlife MagazineSupplement to BBC Wildlife Magazine12 13

    BOTANICAL BRITAIN WINNER

    STEVE PALMERREEDSCommon reed, Phragmites australisLindow Common, Wilmslow, Cheshire

    I’d always been fascinated by the almost abstract patterns and reflections of these common reeds, but the photographic conditions had never been perfect, despite numerous visits. However, on this morning the water was still and the light was soft and I was able to capture the image I was after.

    Category sponsored by Countryside Jobs Service

    BOTANICAL BRITAIN WINNER

  • BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017

    Supplement to BBC Wildlife MagazineSupplement to BBC Wildlife Magazine14 15

    COAST AND MARINE WINNER

    CARON STEELEEMERGENCENorthern gannet, Morus bassanusBempton Cliffs, Yorkshire

    Having seen many diving gannet photographs I wanted to try and capture something a bit different. I watched the birds fishing and was fascinated by the way the gannets would emerge from nowhere to steal another bird’s prey. I was keen to photograph the moment just before they broke the surface, while they were still in ‘stealth mode’. A combination of bright sunshine and cloud made setting the exposure difficult, but the result shows some lovely patterns on the water.

    Category sponsored by WWF

    COAST AND MARINE WINNER

  • BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017

    Supplement to BBC Wildlife MagazineSupplement to BBC Wildlife Magazine16 17

    WILDPIX UNDER 12 WINNER

    WILDPIX UNDER 12 WINNER

    OLIVER TEASDALE (AGE 10)PUFFIN IN A HOLEAtlantic puffin, Fratercula arcticaSkokholm Island, Pembrokeshire

    I took this photo while I was visiting Skokholm island with my dad. We were hoping to see and photograph puffins, and although there weren’t many, I was lucky enough to be sitting by a side window of one of the hides when this little individual poked its head out of a burrow. This is my favourite shot from the sequence as the seabird is well hidden by the sea campion growing at the entrance to the burrow.

  • WILDPIX 12-18 YEARS WINNER

    MATTHEW ROSEVEARE (AGE 18)THE GOLDEN HOUR HUNTShort-eared owl, Asio flammeusFarlington, Hampshire

    As the light began to fade a short-eared owl emerged to hunt for prey above the marshes at Farlington, Hampshire. Standing on the sea wall I was amazed when it began to fly towards me – it is a moment I will never forget!

    WildPix categories sponsored by RSPB Wildlife Explorers

    WILDPIX 12-18 YEARS WINNER

  • BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017

    Supplement to BBC Wildlife MagazineSupplement to BBC Wildlife Magazine20 21

    CLOSE TO NATURE WINNER

    ROSS HODDINOTTWING TIPSEmerald damselflies, Lestes sponsaBroxwater, Cornwall

    I’m always looking to capture less conventional close-ups – maybe through creative lighting, use of depth of field or my choice of focus. With this image, I wanted to place the emphasis on the delicacy and design of the damselfly’s wings, so carefully placed my focus on the wing tips. This type of shot can divide opinion – you either love it or hate it!

    Category sponsored by Wild Arena

    CLOSE TO NATURE WINNER

  • BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017

    Supplement to BBC Wildlife Magazine22 Supplement to BBC Wildlife Magazine 23

    DOCUMENTARY SERIES WINNER

    PETER CAIRNSTRANSLOCATION OF RED SQUIRRELSRed squirrel, Sciurus vulgarisScottish Highlands

    Scottish rewilding charity Trees for Life is pioneering the translocation of red squirrels to forests in the northwest Highlands, where they have been absent for decades. Red squirrels are unable to cross open ground and Scotland’s fragmented wild woodland means that recolonisation is unlikely to happen without help.

    Category sponsored by Manfrotto

    Far left: Trees for Life’s wildlife officer Becky Priestley baits a squirrel trap to get the squirrels used to entering the traps. Left: on moving day the traps are set and checked within hours. Here a squirrel is captured from a forest where they’re abundant. Below left: Each squirrel is given a health check before translocation. Below: squirrels are placed in a transit box containing food and water before being driven to their new home.

    DOCUMENTARY SERIES WINNER

  • BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017

    Supplement to BBC Wildlife MagazineSupplement to BBC Wildlife Magazine24 25

    Early the next morning, the urge to feed forces the squirrel out into its new woodland home in Shieldaig.

    DOCUMENTARY SERIES WINNER

  • HIDDEN BRITAIN WINNER

    ALEX HYDEGREEN HYDRASGreen hydras, Hydra viridissimaDerbyshire, England

    The diversity of life in my small garden pond never ceases to amaze me, but many of the most fascinating subjects require high magnification to be appreciated. Measuring only a few millimetres in length, these green hydras were dangling from the underside of a lily pad. They capture prey with stinging tentacles and when disturbed they quickly retract into a small, compact green blob that is easily overlooked.

    Category sponsored by Buglife

    HIDDEN BRITAIN WINNER

  • BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017

    Supplement to BBC Wildlife MagazineSupplement to BBC Wildlife Magazine28 29

    WILD WOODS WINNER

    FRANCIS TAYLORA MAGICAL MORNINGSilver birch, Betula pendulaBolehill Quarry, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire

    Thick fog drifted through the eerie silver birches at Bolehill Quarry in the Peak District National Park, creating a magical morning of light.

    Category sponsored by Wildlife Worldwide

    WILD WOODS WINNER

  • Supplement to BBC Wildlife Magazine 31Supplement to BBC Wildlife Magazine30

    BRITISH SEASONS WINNER

    BEN ANDREWGREAT CORMORANTSGreat cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo Holme Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire

    Winter CalmHolme Fen National Nature Reserve is a natural spot where cormorants nest colonially. In late winter, the birds return to the trees, ready for a short nesting season. At first, individuals spend their days sitting around on branches or building nests. After a short while they start to display to attract a mate. During this cold season, the lakes have a gloomy, eerie feel to them.

    Spring Feeding TimeAs winter’s grip loosened and spring arrived, the eggs began to hatch. The youngsters grew extremely quickly and had voracious appetites. This image shows a nest containing three chicks begging for a meal. At this time of year I had to be on site at 5am to capture the first rays of light. Later in the morning the chicks became less active and spent a lot of time sleeping.

    Summer Summer SolsticeSpring soon became summer and the chicks started to leave their nests, leaving the adults with time to rest and care for themselves. This adult is perched in a silver birch surrounded by rich green and yellow hues. As young cormorants fledge the reserve becomes quieter and is no longer consumed by the flurry of activity that the breeding season brings.

    BRITISH SEASONS WINNER

  • BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2017

    Supplement to BBC Wildlife MagazineSupplement to BBC Wildlife Magazine32 33

    Autumn See FireFast forward to autumn (November to be precise) and the cormorants are still on site, using the trees as a safe place to roost each evening. I wasn’t entirely sure if the birds would actually dry their wings at this particular spot, but took a chance when I was visiting Holme Fen one morning. Luckily, a cormorant was there, doing exactly what I’d hoped, in the first rays of morning sunshine. The orange autumnal glow of the leaves illuminated by the rising sun was incredibly fortuitous. Nature sometimes rewards you for repeat visits to the same place.

    Category sponsored by Páramo

    BRITISH SEASONS WINNER

  • DO YOU WANT TO SEE THE FULL BWPA SHORTLIST? SUBSCRIBE TO BBC WILDLIFE MAGAZINE TODAY TO RECEIVE BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS: COLLECTION 8

    †Calls from landlines will cost up to 9p per minute. Call charges from mobile phones will cost between 3p and 55p per minute but are included in free call packages. Lines are open 8am to 6pm weekdays and 9am to 1pm Saturday. Overseas readers call +44 1604 973 729.

    *British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 8 book and 30% saving offer is only available to UK residents. Stock is subject to availability, BBC Wildlife Magazine reserves the right to substitute the gift with an alternative. Gifts in stock will be sent separately within 28 days. Your subscription will start with the next available issue. BBC Wildlife Magazine is published 13 times a year. Offer ends on 31 January 2018.

    TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR SPECIAL OFFER: ■ RECEIVE BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY

    AWARDS: COLLECTION 8, WORTH £25*

    ■ PAY ONLY £38.50 EVERY 13 ISSUES (DIRECT DEBIT) AND SAVE 30% ON THE SHOP PRICE

    ■ ENJOY FREE UK DELIVERY DIRECT TO YOUR DOOR AND NEVER MISS AN ISSUE

    THE WINNERSDANIEL TRIMURBAN WILDLIFE

    MELVIN REDEKERANIMAL PORTRAITS

    CARON STEELECOAST AND MARINE

    ANDREW PARKINSONANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

    PAULA COOPERBRITISH NATURE IN BLACK AND WHITE

    BEN HALLHABITAT

    STEVE PALMERBOTANICAL BRITAIN

    OLIVER TEASDALEWILDPIX UNDER 12

    MATTHEW ROSEVEAREWILDPIX 12-18 YEARS

    ROSS HODDINOTTCLOSE TO NATURE

    PETER CAIRNSDOCUMENTARY SERIES

    ALEX HYDEHIDDEN BRITAIN

    FRANCIS TAYLORWILD WOODS

    BEN ANDREWBRITISH SEASONS

    THE JUDGESSANDRA BARTOCHANATURE PHOTOGRAPHER

    ROB COOKSEGMENT MANAGER, CANON

    RICHARD EDWARDSHEAD OF CONTENT WWF-UK

    SHEENA HARVEYEDITOR, BBC WILDLIFE MAGAZINE

    DAVID MAITLANDNATURE PHOTOGRAPHER

    NEIL MCINTYREWILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER

    LUCY MCROBERTCAMPAIGNS MANAGER, THE WILDLIFE TRUSTS

    GEORGE STOYLEWILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER

    DAVID SOUTHARDWILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER

    MARK WARDRSPB NATURE’S HOME MAGAZINE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

    STEVE WATKINSEDITOR, OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE

    CALL US ON 03330 162 121† PLEASE QUOTE WLBWPA17

    SUBSCRIBE ONLINE AT WWW.BUYSUBSCRIPTIONS.COM/WLBWPA17

    SPECIAL SUBSCRIPTION OFFER