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Wild, Wild Life

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“Eye to Eye” (Emerald Damselfly), Cornwall, England, by Ross Hoddinott

The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016 winners have been announced, and they’re glorious! Competition categories include such subjects as Animal Portraits, British Nature in Black & White, Hidden Britain, video, and an overall winner. There are also two Young People’s awards categories, broken up by age.

First begun in 2009, the purpose of the awards is to highlight the remarkable biodiversity, species, and habitats found in the U.K. I confess I had no idea some of these creatures could be found in Britain!

Here are a number of my favorites, though there are quite a few more gorgeous pictures to look at on their website.

“Hitchhikers” (Lion’s Mane Jellyfish), St Kilda, off the Island of Hirta, Scotland, by George Stoyle

Overall Winner: “Hitchhikers” (Lion’s Mane Jellyfish), St Kilda, off the Island of Hirta, Scotland, by George Stoyle

"Resting Common Darter," Elmley National Nature Reserve, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England, by Magnus McLeod (Age 11)

“Resting Common Darter,” Elmley National Nature Reserve, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, England, by Magnus McLeod (Age 11)

"Eider Duck," Northumberland, England, by Jonathan Gaunt

“Eider Duck,” Northumberland, England, by Jonathan Gaunt

Common Weasel (Pic 1), North Yorkshire, England, by Robert E Fuller

Common Weasel (Pic 1), North Yorkshire, England, by Robert E Fuller

“Hello Ducky” (Brown Trout and Mallard Duck), Hampshire, England, by Paul Colley

“Hello Ducky” (Brown Trout and Mallard Duck), Hampshire, England, by Paul Colley

"Fox Lick," British Wildlife Centre, Lingfield, Surrey, England, by Hannah Denford (Age 10)

“Fox Lick,” British Wildlife Centre, Lingfield, Surrey, England, by Hannah Denford (Age 10)

“Free Bird,” London, England, by Chaitanya Deshpande

“Free Bird,” London, England, by Chaitanya Deshpande

"Back Garden Babies" (Garden spider), Jacqueline Spindley, Nottinghamshire, England

“Back Garden Babies,” Nottinghamshire, England, by Jacqueline Spindley,

"How to Make a Frog," Preston, Lancashire, England, by Thomas Fragel Clareborough (a very advanced age 10)

“How to Make a Frog,” Preston, Lancashire, England, by Thomas Fragel Clareborough (a very advanced age 10)

"Monitoring Harvest Mice," by Nick Upton

“Monitoring Harvest Mice,” by Nick Upton

"Emergence," Goring, Oxfordshire, England, by Stephen Darlington

“Emergence,” Goring, Oxfordshire, England, by Stephen Darlington

“Welcome to the Party” (Grey Seal), Farne Islands, Northumberland, England, by Adam Hanlon

“Welcome to the Party” (Grey Seal), Farne Islands, Northumberland, England, by Adam Hanlon

"What a Cracking Evening," Barbury Castle, Wiltshire, England, by Harry King (Age 14)

“What a Cracking Evening,” Barbury Castle, Wiltshire, England, by Harry King (Age 14)

“Grey Seal Pup in a Sandstorm,” Norfolk, England, by Jamie Hall

“Grey Seal Pup in a Sandstorm,” Norfolk, England, by Jamie Hall

"Red Light District," Leicester, England, by Sam Hobson

“Red Light District,” Leicester, England, by Sam Hobson

"Kung Fu Puffin," Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales, by Rebecca Bunce (Age 18)

“Kung Fu Puffin,” Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales, by Rebecca Bunce (Age 18)

"The Remains of the Jay," Staffordshire, England, by Adrian Clarke

“The Remains of the Jay,” Staffordshire, England, by Adrian Clarke

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

11 thoughts on “Wild, Wild Life

  1. Donna ~ Thanks for posting these glorious photos. A true visual pleasure.

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  2. Stunning photos to start my day with! Thank you 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  3. Each photograph is magnificent. How great that a kid was among those selected.

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  4. Thanks for finding and posting this; some of the titles are so creative. We once watched a young eagle take out a Jay but not near enough to photograph.

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