A stunning overhead shot of white birds on a cliff on a Scottish isle won the coveted top prize of the British Wildlife Photography Awards this year. Barrie Williams was named British Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his photo of gannets, appropriately titled ‘On the Edge’, which he captured at Shetland Isles, Scotland. That image won out over thousands of other entries, divided among 16 categories. Click through to take a look at some other incredible examples of wildlife photography collected during the course of the competition.
The winning photographs represent wildlife and nature from all points in the United Kingdom. The submissions are judged by a panel of industry experts, including wildlife filmmakers and photographers as well as professionals from wildlife and photography publications. The first place winner nabs a £5,000 ($7700 USD) cash prize in addition to seeing his submission tour across the UK and have his photographs published in a coffee table book.
Thousands of photographers submit their images for consideration each year in 16 different categories. This year, a category for Wildlife in HD Video was included, as well as three junior categories meant to help young people connect with nature. More than 100 images from the competition, including winners and honorees, will go on exhibit across the United Kingdom starting in London on September 14.
Via The Guardian
Images via Barrie Williams, Tomos Brangwyn, Chris Speller, Alex Hyde, Kevin Sawford, Chaitanya Deshpande, and Kyle Moore.