It’s the first ever Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, and this year’s theme is “Encounters with nature”. But that’s not the only thing that’s “encountering” at the British Ecological Society’s Photographic Club – for the first time ever, it’s also featuring a cross-section of the society and a selection of their best shots, captured in close-up and large-format photography, ranging from a family clinging to a kayak on a lonely Yorkshire beach to a treetop beauty spot in Scotland to male woodlice on a stalk covered in thousands of small trees, and their intricate structures.
The images of the wildlife will be on display at the Blackwell Laboratory from Tuesday, January 22 to Sunday, February 3. The British Ecological Society’s 50th annual meeting takes place at the Blackwell Laboratory, during the same time.
Created by the British Ecological Society in 1972 and awarded to the greatest wildlife photographer of the year, the National Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has introduced a new, more inclusive category at the International Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, with a view to showcasing more images of female animals on winning entries in 2021.