Archive for British Wildlife Photography Awards

Badger vaccination story wins BWPA

Posted in Conservation, Conservation Photography, European Wildlife, Exhibition, Photography, UK Wildlife, Wildlife, Wildlife Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2013 by Neil Aldridge

I’m proud and excited to announce that my badger vaccination story the alternative is a winner of the 2013 British Wildlife Photography Awards. The six-image portfolio picked up the top award in the Documentary category – my second win in as many years of entering the category (my last win was in 2011 as I served as a judge of the competition in 2012).

The set of photographs documents the process of trapping and vaccinating badgers against bovine TB. Many of the UK’s most influential scientists, NGOs and landowners – such as The Wildlife Trusts and The National Trust – believe vaccination is a viable alternative to culling. Yet, the government has chosen to press ahead with a cull in England, claiming that culling badgers is the best method for controlling bovine TB in Britain’s cattle. Find out more on the Badger Trust website.

This six image edit is taken from my autumn 2011 BBC Wildlife magazine cover feature Kill or Cure, which also featured as an online gallery on their website discoverwildlife.com. You can also see a more complete set of images on my website conservationphotojournalism.com

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the awards in London as I am currently working in Africa but I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to all winners in the 2013 British Wildlife Photography Awards. Please support the awards by attending the exhibition as it travels around the UK and by buying the book on the BWPA website.

Why I do what I do – the WWF interview…

Posted in Conservation, Conservation Photography, Photography, UK Wildlife, Wildlife, Wildlife Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2012 by Neil Aldridge

Many people stare blankly back at me when I tell them I’m a conservation photojournalist, leading me to translate my occupation into the more comprehensible term ‘wildlife photographer’. In their latest blog post, WWF asks what drives me, who inspires me and how I go about photographing conservation issues. In answering all of those questions, I hope to explain just what it is that I do…and why.

It’s a huge privilege for me to have the world’s biggest wildlife conservation organisation and one of the world’s most recognisable brands interested in my work. This interview follows my success in the 2011 British Wildlife Photography Awards and also marks the announcement of the winners of the 2012 competition, of which I was a judge. WWF is a major sponsor of the British Wildlife Photography Awards and you can keep up to date with the winners on the BWPA website.

 See the full post on the WWF UK Blog…

Enter the 2012 British Wildlife Photography Awards…

Posted in European Wildlife, Photography, Wildlife Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2012 by Neil Aldridge

Don’t forget to enter the 2012 British Wildlife Photography Awards before the closing date for entries on the 12th of May. This year the twelve categories feature, for the first time in the competition’s four year life, a category dedicated solely to Britain’s woods and forests sponsored by VisitWoods. Why not use the VisitWoods website to find your nearest wood and shoot some late entries?

I’m looking forward to joining the excellent panel of judges and to helping recognise the talents of wildlife photographers practising in Britain and to celebrating the best of British wildlife.

Visit my main website at ConservationPhotojournalism.com

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2012…

Posted in Photography, UK Wildlife, Wildlife, Wildlife Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2012 by Neil Aldridge

Entries are now being welcomed for the 2012 British Wildlife Photography Awards. This is your chance to win a share of the total prize fund of £20,000 – with the overall winner walking away with a £5,000 cash prize.

I am proud to be judging this year’s competition alongside some of the biggest names in the UK wildlife photography industry. Visit the BWPA website and familiarise yourself with the categories now – you still have until the 12th of May 2012 to create your shots and get your entries in. New categories for 2012 include the ‘Wild Woods’ category which is sponsored by VisitWoods and aims to celebrate the beauty, importance and sheer splendour of British woods. With spring approaching, use the VisitWoods website to find your nearest wood or forest and get that award-winning shot.

Join other photographers following BWPA on Twitter and keep up to date with competition news and announcements through the BWPA Facebook page. You can see my 2011 winning documentary series of a country shoot along with more of my work on my main website www.conservationphotojournalism.com

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2011

Posted in Conservation, Conservation Photography, European Wildlife, Exhibition, Photography, UK Wildlife, Wildlife, Wildlife Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2011 by Neil Aldridge

Building on the buzz created around the badger vaccination story published in BBC Wildlife Magazine earlier this month, I’m really pleased to announce that another of my conservation portfolios has won the documentary category in the British Wildlife Photography Awards. Six shots entitled It’s Only a Game from my country shoot portfolio will be exhibited at the WildlifeXpo event at Alexandra Palace in London from the 14th of October. They will then tour the country as part of the BWPA exhibition over the coming year – find out where you can catch the exhibition by going to the exhibitions page of the BWPA website.

Winning this category is made all the more rewarding when thinking how I photographed the story. I challenged myself to photograph for the day’s shoot in reportage/documentary style with only one camera body and a fixed 50mm lens set on fully manual settings. This was a challenge I set myself as a break from typical long-lens wildlife photography and to fine-tune my skills as a photojournalist. The skills used to get these shots have helped me shoot subsequent stories, such as my African wild dog book Underdogs.

The category win builds on my commended white-tailed eagle image in the 2010 competition. You can view a more comprehensive edit of the country shoot portfolio in the ‘stories‘ section of my main website. Or you could support the competition by finding the portfolio in the latest BWPA book ‘Collection 2‘.

Visit my main website at www.conservationphotojournalism.com

British Wildlife Photography Awards

Posted in Conservation Photography, European Wildlife, Exhibition, Photography, UK Wildlife, Wildlife, Wildlife Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by Neil Aldridge

One of my white-tailed eagle photographs from my last visit to Skye will be featured in the winning portfolio of the 2010 British Wildlife Photography Awards. All of the winning and commended photographs will form part of a series of exhibitions, launching at London’s Hooper’s Gallery on the 14th of October. The portfolio of images are also available for the first time in a book. For a full schedule of the UK-wide exhibition tour, visit the BWPAwards website. My main site conservationphotojournalism.com features more of my work on white-tailed eagles.

Visit my main website at www.conservationphotojournalism.com