'Ten Years of British Wildlife' exhibition

A seal underwater

This year the British Wildlife Photography Awards celebrates its 10th anniversary with a special retrospective exhibition. For the first time the touring show will include all the overall winners along with a selection of category winners and highly commended images.

The awards celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife. Winning images are chosen from thousands of entries in fifteen separate categories including a category for film and two junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography. In recognition and appreciation of the photographers for their dedication and creative talents, which have made BWPA a success over the last ten years, the retrospective exhibition is a celebration of their tenth anniversary. It is impossible to show all the amazing images, so the show has been curated to include images from each year to reflect the incredible diversity, beauty and wealth of British Wildlife.

Mark Carwardine comments “Who needs penguins or polar bears when we have puffins and badgers? With so many photographers scouring the globe for exotic megafauna, it’s easy to forget how much wildlife we have in our own small and densely populated backyard.

This year, BWPA celebrates its tenth anniversary and I am delighted that it is marking the occasion by focusing on British coasts. The Coast and Marine category has now been expanded to include four separate categories. Our island nation has an impressive 31,368 kilometres of coastline. We are surrounded by some of the richest seas in the world, teeming with an astonishing abundance and diversity of marine wildlife. We provide a home for about eight million breeding seabirds, a wide variety of cetaceans and everything from otters and grey seals to basking sharks and white-tailed eagles. Indeed, there are estimated to be 15,000 marine species living in UK seas altogether.

But we do a shockingly bad job of looking after them. We take out far too many fish and shellfish, often catching them in destructive ways that have devastating impacts on other wildlife, and we use the seas as a dumping ground for an insidious tide of plastic waste and all sorts of other pollution. Add to that threats from rising sea temperatures, oil and gas exploration and extraction, and coastal development, and it’s not really surprising that we are losing our marine wildlife like never before.”

The exhibition is on display at Shugborough every day from 3 September – 1 November 2021, free to enter with a standard estate admission ticket.