To learn photography you first need to observe what other award winning photos have within, this article will showcase the recent British Wildlife Photography Awards that have multiple categories of Amateur and Professional photographers.
The winning picture ‘The Tourist’ was taken by Lee Acaster. His image depicts a Greylag Goose in London. “It was a real privilege to have such a close encounter with a wild bird in the very heart of London,” explains Lee Acaster. “I vividly remember the excitement I felt as she patiently waited for me to get the shot, and I knew immediately this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, I’m just grateful that she didn’t lose interest as quickly as my children do when I’m taking photographs of them.”
There are sixteen separate categories within the awards, including a special film category for Wildlife in HD Video and three junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography. Below: Shag resting, taken in Northumberland by Steven Fairbrother
Picture: Steven Fairbrother
‘Blue on black’, Blue Shark, Cornwall by Alexander Mustard. ‘The sinuous shape of a blue shark (Prionace glauca) as it cruises beneath the surface of the English Channel. Penzance, Cornwall, England, British Isles. North East Atlantic Ocean. Chum (dead fish) was used to attract the sharks. Slight canvas expansion in Photoshop to enhance composition’- Alexander Mustard
Green and red telephone box taken in London by Philip Braude.’Ivy creeps throughout a working telephone box near my home. Using a wide angle lens I tried to create a sense of both being inside the box but also the ivy creeping around the viewer’- Philip Braude
Winner of the Under 12’s category- ‘Dipper with grubs’ taken in Dumfries, Scotland by Wiliam Bowcutt (11yrs.) There will be an exhibition of over 100 images and videos, including winning and commended entries at the Mall Galleries, London, beginning on Tuesday September 2nd and is open until Saturday 6th September. For full details of opening hours please visit the Mall Galleries website. A year-long tour of the exhibition will follow. Over 100 shortlisted images from the award are part of a book, British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 5 (AA Publishing, £25).