15 of the most outstanding shots from the 2023 British Wildlife Images Awards

Yoshiko Yap

Nature’s intense attractiveness emerges forcefully from the 2023 British Wildlife Images Awards. Our Photo Editor Lucy Ford has the pick of the ideal pictures, from a somnolent fox to a hungry buzzard, with text by Carla Passino.

Mid- air in a leaden Gloucestershire sky, a buzzard ambushes a barn owl, one particular talon viciously grabbing the smaller chook, the other earning for its prey, a very small vole.

In an urban wildflower patch, a vixen wakes up from her slumber lined in a fuzz of dandelion seed-heads.

In the Shetlands, a skua — wings distribute, beak extensive open up — seems to be each individual inch the pirate on its cliff.

And in a London park, a few ducklings snooze peacefully as the metropolis whirls busily around them.

British Character, in all its charming, red-toothed glory, bursts from the pages of the British Wildlife Pictures Awards 11, a book collating the very best entries to the 2023 British Wildlife Photography Awards opposition.

The biter little bit: a horsefly ensnared by a sundew in A Poet’s Lunch, taken by Matt Doogue © Matt Doogue / British Wildlife Pictures Awards

It is the first time the contest has taken position considering the fact that covid and the judges experienced a challenging time deciding on the winners from more than 13,000 visuals, which they evaluated not only for talent, creativeness and craft, but also, as director Will Nicholls explains, for upholding ‘strict values when it comes to the wellbeing of the subjects’.

An affinity amongst a meticulous nesting jackdaw and a photographer with an eye for depth is very clear in Samuel Stone’s Rocks. © Samual Stone / British Wildlife Pictures Awards

The pictures are a triumph of wide-eyed sharks, leaping bunnies, fuzzy owlets and seahorses so stern they’d put a headmistress to disgrace.

A vole is the centre of The Ambush, a buzzard attacking a barn owl trying to feed its chicks in a fight captured by Frank Thompson. © Frank Thompson / British Wildlife Photography Awards

They operate the gamut from the majestic — a lone stag silhouetted against snow-capped Highlands, a purple kite, traveling intense and undeterred in heavy snow flurry — to the wondrous (an underwater photograph of plankton reminiscent of the night time sky) and the curious, this sort of as an amphibian threesome in which two male toads check out to hitch a elevate on the identical woman or the excellent bustard that wanders, a great deal like a bewitched tourist, close to Stonehenge.

Some photos difficulty a stark warning about the fragility of our habitats.

Heat, gentle and vehicles to discourage predators: an suitable place in Amber Nesting by Daniel Trim. © Daniel Trim / British Wildlife Pictures Awards

In a shot of excellent crested grebes courting, the first bird provides a existing of pondweed, but the second proffers a piece of plastic, highlighting, as decide David Plummer places it, ‘our personal species’ flagrant disregard for the environment’.

Ooh, you search yummy! An keen mallard duckling attempts to capture a mosquito in Dinner on the Lake of A great deal by Victor Soares. © Victor Soares / British Wildlife Images Awards

Other photographs display wildlife reconquering city spots — not minimum the overall winner, a portrait, by Charlie Webpage, of a proud fox that saunters with a lot more than a soupçon of conceitedness past the pylons of London’s Lee Valley Park.

The photographs seize times of intimate splendor, far too, often tinged by comedian relief: Otterly Relaxed, a doggy otter comforting on shore, hind ft up, nose in the air, is a reminder that Character brings solace to us all.

The Plastic Present. © Roberto Melotti / British Wildlife Pictures Awards

‘British Wildlife Pictures Awards 11’ is published by Graffeg (www.graffeg.com) at £30. See extra about the awards at www.bwpawards.org

Don’t Fall It! © Sue Morris / British Wildlife Pictures Awards


Honey Bee Flight Trails by John Waters. Honey bees (Apis mellifera) leaving ‘light trails’ as they approach their hive entrance (just out of shot in decreased correct of frame). ‘The shot was taken during lockdown in a small wildlife-helpful back garden in Bristol where my lover retains bees,’ claims John. ‘I invested a ton of time viewing the bees, striving to work out how I could clearly show their comings and goings at the hive in a way that would express a perception of motion … their ‘busyness’. I utilized a sluggish shutter speed (.3 secs) and a 2nd curtain flash to ‘freeze’ the bees just after they had manufactured their mild trails. I placed a makeshift bamboo body draped with black cloth to make a darkish qualifications, and also placed a mirror on a stand to reflect daylight and immediate robust backlighting onto the bees from the dark track record.’ © John Waters / British Wildlife Pictures Awards


Metallic Jumping Spider in Moss. © Will Atkins / British Wildlife Photography Awards


Endurance was demanded to catch Willughby’s Leafcutter Bee in Ed Phillips’s garden.  © Ed Phillips / British Wildlife Images Awards


Wolffish Romance. © Kirsty Andrews / British Wildlife Pictures Awards



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