The British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition at Bodiam Castle

Kelp Bed at Dawn (Oarweed), Kingsgate Bay, Kent, BWPA competition 2018, by Robert Canis

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.

Bodiam Castle in the autumn
Bodiam castle with autumn leaves
Bodiam Castle in the autumn

Look and explore

The impressive towers, broad moat and battlements make Bodiam the perfect example of a 14th century medieval castle and a great place to explore and let your imagination take you back to a time of chivalry, knights and princesses.

Once inside the castle, there is a lot to explore. Climb up the steep spiral staircases to get to the top of the towers and be rewarded with incredible views as they change with the seasons from a glorious array of reds and golds to the stark outlines of winter.

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.

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

Take inspiration from the BWPA and follow our ‘Top Photo Spots’ map. Discover the wildlife of Bodiam as you make your way around the grounds and castle and keep your eyes peeled for more wildlife photography activities. Why not pick up a Bat Trail to learn more about Bodiam’s resident bats and win yourself a prize?

Don’t forget to tag us on social media @BodiamCastleNT

There's plenty of space for little ones to burn off some energy in the grounds. With puddles a plenty in the winter months, put on your wellies and go for a welly wander to see what wildlife you can spot.

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