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Celebration of British Wildlife

An exhibition at Gracefield Arts Centre will display works from the British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA).

The BWPA celebrates both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife. Winning images have been chosen from thousands of entries in sixteen separate categories including a special film category for Wildlife in HD Video and three junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

It's being presented as part of the inaugural Wild Film Festival happening in Dumfries from the 24 to 26 March.

Find out more about the Wild Film Festival

The overall Winning Image, 'Hitchhikers' of a Lion's mane jellyfish is by George Stoyle, who said of his prize-winning piece:

I was working on a project to assess the current biological status of major sea caves around some of the UK's most remote islands. At the end of one of the dives I was swimming back to the boat when I came face to 'face' with the largest jellyfish I've ever encountered. As I approached cautiously I noticed that a number of juvenile fish had taken refuge inside the stinging tentacles  

There were also local winners with Michael Durham from Dumfries 'Predator and Prey' receiving a highly commended.

Communities Committee Chairman, Councillor Tom McAughtrie commented:

I can't wait to enjoy this selection of wildlife photography here in Dumfries and pleased to see a local winner among the top prizes.

The British Wildlife Photography Awards has become one of the most anticipated events in the wildlife photography calendar. The bar in wildlife photography has already been raised to unimaginably high levels of sophistication, innovation and artistic vision, yet the standard somehow continues to get better and better.This latest collection of images is testament to the sheer level of interest in wildlife in Britain and, above all, the remarkable abilities of our wildlife photographers.

Exhibition opening times

The exhibition will run from Saturday 4 March until Saturday 15 April, with an extra Sunday afternoon, as part of the Wild Film Festival on Sunday 26 March from 12noon to 3pm. Admission to the exhibition is free.



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