The British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition at Bodiam Castle

Hedgehog in Autumn leaves

Marking the 10th anniversary of the British Wildlife Photography Awards, this exhibition will combine the breath-taking beauty of British wildlife with the picturesque and romantic ancient monument that is Bodiam Castle. Saturday 5 October 2019– Sunday 5 January 2020.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) and Bodiam Castle is hosting an exhibition of winning photographs.

The towers of the castle provide the perfect backdrop to showcase British wildlife captured in stunning photographic detail, and celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers and their ability to capture the beauty and diversity of the nature on our doorsteps.

Contrails at Dawn (Daubenton’s Bats), Coate Water Country Park, Wiltshire, BWPA competition 2018, by Paul Colley
Contrails at Dawn (Daubenton’s Bats), Coate Water Country Park, Wiltshire, BWPA competition 2018, by Paul Colley
Contrails at Dawn (Daubenton’s Bats), Coate Water Country Park, Wiltshire, BWPA competition 2018, by Paul Colley

What are the British Wildlife Photography Awards?

The BWPA is a yearly competition that has run from 2009. Its aims are to recognise the talent of photographers in the UK and celebrate British wildlife in all its beauty to raise awareness of the different species that surround us. 100 winning images are chosen from thousands of entries and are separated into fifteen separate categories, including a category for film and two junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

Common Swift Skimming The Water (Common Swift), Norwich, Norfolk
Common Swift skimming over the water
Common Swift Skimming The Water (Common Swift), Norwich, Norfolk

Look and explore

The BWPA exhibition will not distract from the medieval beauty of the castle, leaving many of the iconic castle photography opportunities uninterrupted. Discover a new space in the castle as the 1st floor of the West Tower opens to the public for the first time, to host the exhibition. There will also be photographs on display in the North East, North West and West towers.

Climb up the steep spiral staircases to get to the top of the towers and be rewarded with incredible views (get your cameras ready) as they change with the seasons from a glorious array of reds and golds to the stark outlines of winter.

Seasonal Scottish Red Squirrels (Red Squirrel), Rothiemurchus Forest, Highland, BWPA competition 2018, Neil Mcintyre
Seasonal Scottish Red Squirrels (Red Squirrel), Rothiemurchus Forest, Highland, BWPA competition 2018, Neil Mcintyre
Seasonal Scottish Red Squirrels (Red Squirrel), Rothiemurchus Forest, Highland, BWPA competition 2018, Neil Mcintyre

Family fun

For younger visitors pick up a free trail from Visitor Reception where they get involved with answering a question trail on their way around the exhibition. 

Or take inspiration from the BWPA and follow the‘Top photo spots’ map, which you can also  pick up from Visitor Reception, and see what wildlife you can capture with your camera, around the grounds and castle.

Don’t forget to tag us on social media #BodiamCastleNT and #BWPA2019

Saturday 5 October 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020 (closed 24 & 25 December). Opening times vary, please check opening times on our homepage for details.