Labeled “HitchHikers”, George Stoyle’s snap of Lion’s Mane Jellyfish has been declared the Overall Winner of 2016 British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA). The picture taken at St Kilda, off the island of Hirta, Scotland came under the Coast and Marine category.
Says George Stoyle “I was working for Scottish Natural Heritage 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’d ever encountered. As I approached cautiously I noticed a number of juvenile fish had taken refuge inside the stinging tentacles.”
Started in 2009, BWPA is an annual photography competition held every year to identify worldwide photographic talents and highlight Britain’s biodiversity. Ranging from Animal Behavior to Urban Wildlife, there are 14 categories under which captured photographs are classified. The impetus of BWPCA is to raise awareness about British landscape, species and habitats.
Winners and commended entrants have their work showcased in a natural touring exhibition and published in a book by AA Publishing. (Check out complete list of 2016 winners and commended snaps).
COURTESY: Images – BWPA