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7 inspiring photos from the BWPA finalists

 

    Every day I’m lucky enough to see amazing new photography and film – it’s part of my job! The images – whether they’re still or moving – provide a really impactful way of raising awareness of the goals that WWF strives to meet. They bring to life beautiful or sometimes unsettling sights of the often hidden world we’re trying to safeguard.

    The results can present us with a moment of reflection on the world beyond our daily lives. Even a world that’s as close by as the UK coast.

    It’s really exciting to be able to judge the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA) ‘Coast and Marine’ category again this year. The competition looks for an imaginative photograph that reveals the nature or behaviour of marine wildlife.

    Competitions like BWPA are so important for promoting the biodiversity we have here in the UK. We have so many incredible species on our doorstep to discover and protect.

    This year I was judging alongside James Brickell who shares with us his passion for working in wildlife film-making. And Sophie Stafford who was the editor of BBC Wildlife magazine for over eight years, who shares with us her thoughts that photography and film can help raise awareness of species under threat – as well as providing her top tips for budding photographers.

    Alex Mustard, winner of the category ‘Coast and Marine’ photo ‘Big Blue’ shows two blue sharks just off the British coast, something that he thought he would never see in the UK and an image I never thought I’d see either.

    Don’t miss a fabulous blog from our very own Louise Heaps too, our chief adviser on all things marine, so it’s fascinating to hear what inspired her to work in this area.

    That’s enough words from me – take a look at 7 inspiring photos from the Coast and Marine category that we’re really proud to sponsor again this year. Enjoy!

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    Blue shark,Penzance, Cornwall © Alexander MustardBWPA 2014 Coast & Marine winning photo – Big Blues – Penzance, Cornwall, England © Alexander Mustard Gannet bubbles, Shetland Isles, Scotland © Richard ShucksmithGannet bubbles, Shetland Isles, Scotland © Richard Shucksmith Floating jellies, North Rona, Scotland © Richard ShucksmithFloating jellies, North Rona, Scotland © Richard Shucksmith Edge of the World Jellyfish, South Harris, Scotland © Cyril ChevillotEdge of the World Jellyfish, South Harris, Scotland © Cyril Chevillot Seaspray, Lewis, Hebrides, Scotland © Carol DilgerSeaspray, Lewis, Hebrides, Scotland © Carol Dilger Blue Shark, Penzance, Cornwall, England © Colin MunroBlue Shark, Penzance, Cornwall, England © Colin Munro Grey seal, Garths Ness, Shetland, Scotland © John MoncrieffGrey seal, Garths Ness, Shetland, Scotland © John Moncrieff

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