Falmouth Photographers excel at 2024 British Wildlife Photography Awards

17 May 2024

'Abyss' by Gina Goodman
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Category: Falmouth News

From the judging panel to 'highly commended’ entries, find out how our photography community were involved in the 12th year of the British Wildlife Photography Awards.

Each year the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) are an opportunity for both amateur and professional photographers to submit their photographs as a unique celebration of British wildlife. Picked from amongst over 14,000 submissions, a number of the Falmouth University community made it into the winning categories and even onto the judging panel. 

'Abyss' by Gina Goodman

Now in its 12th year, the awards gather wildlife photographs of the highest calibre from around the UK, generating media coverage worldwide. The winning photographers have the chance to win a share of a prize fund, as well as have their images featured in the yearly BWPA collection books and join the travelling UK tour. 

The results of the awards were announced a few weeks ago, with a strong line-up from southwest based creatives. 

Gina Goodman, BA(Hons) Marine and Natural History Photography lecturer was highly commended in the Black and White Category with her image ‘Abyss’. 

Shannon Moran, an alumni of Marine & Natural History Photography BA was also Highly Commended in the Coast and Marine’ Category, with her image 'Pipefish Camouflage’.

Falmouth University’s Jane Morgan, Dive Safety Officer and underwater camera technician for Marine & Natural History Photography BA, was appointed to the judging panel for the second year in a row. Other judges include Ellie Rothnie, Will Nicholls, David Plummer, David Lindo and Richard Peters. 

Speaking on the awards, Jane explained "It was an honour to be on the panel of judges, there were over 14,000 images and the standard was exceptionally high."

A green pipefish emerging from a dark background

Each year, following the awards, the British Wildlife Photography Awards release a book which is a curation of entries for that year's awards. Alumni George Turner, Rosie Dutton and Aaron Sanders have all had their work included in the book, with this year’s foreword written by British naturalist, explorer, presenter and writer Steve Backshall. 

You have recorded a snapshot of our nation’s nature in time, and our world is a little more beautiful because of it

- Steve Backshall

Entries are now open for the 2025 British Wildlife Photography awards, and Jane will feature again on the panel of expert photographers who make up the judging panel. 

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