At a time when wildlife, habitat and conservation is to the fore, the awards will encourage photographers, whether professional or enthusiast, to explore Britain’s natural and urban environments, and discover its bounty of wildlife species, from birds to mammals; insects to marine life. With a prize fund of over £13,500 and the overall winner receiving a cash prize of £5,000 the images receiving judges’ commendations will form part of a series of nationwide exhibitions, including a premier launch and awards event. The exhibition will launch at Hoopers Gallery, London from 24th September 09 and tour several locations around the UK. Awards and Prizes British Wildlife Photographer £5,000 Young British Wildlife Photographer (under 18) £500 Schools, Youth and Community Group Award £1,000 Category Awards: The winner of each category will receive the following prizes with a total value of around £1,000. The award-winning Stylus Photo R2880 A3 + inkjet printer from Epson. Capture One Pro software from Phase One. Travelite EX 8x25 binoculars from Nikon. Categories Animal portraits Animal behavior Urban wildlife Hidden Britain Coast and marine Wildlife in my locality Habitat; Animals in their environment. Plants and their partners. You may enter a maximum of three images per category. There is no restriction on the number of categories you may enter. For digital entries, please enter online. Print entries must be clearly and correctly labelled and sent by post. For more detailed information about the competition, including how to enter, a full description of categories, shooting tips, and terms & conditions, please visit the competition website: www.bwpawards.org.