British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2010 / Winner announced

The Winner of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2010 has been announced as Steve Young from Liverpool who won with his picture ‘Herring Gull in Wave’, taken on Porthcressa Breach, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly.

Tom Hind, competition judge from Getty Images, added: “I like the defiance in this shot – the gull’s refusal to be moved in the face of this crashing wave seems to sum up a peculiarly British stoicism! It’s also a great example of how the commonplace can be transformed in a judicious moment.”

Now in their second year, the British Wildlife Photography Awards were established by Maggie Gowan to recognise the talents of wildlife photographers working in Britain, while at the same time highlighting the great wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history. The driving motivation to set up the Awards evolved through the nation’s growing awareness of the environment and the need for its protection.

For the first time this year the images from the award have been published in a stunning coffee table book titled British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 1 [AA Publishing £25] . The book showcases the very best entries from the awards. With ten seperate categories covering everything from marine life and animal behaviour to creepy crawlies and urban wildlife; the book beautifully reveals the unseen splendour of Britain’s wildlife. Alongside the book the winning images will be exhibited at Hoopers Gallery in London from October 14th, before departing on a nationwide tour including several National Trust Properties.

This morning the winning photographer was interviewed on the sky news breakfast show. To see a gallery of the images click here. For more info on the awards visit