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Entries have opened for the annual British Wildlife Photography Awards, which carry a £5,000 overall first prize as well as additional valuable prizes of photography equipment.

There are sixteen separate categories including animal behaviour, urban wildlife, habitat, animal portraits, marine life, the hidden secret world that lies in the undergrowth and a special award for wildlife in HD VideoAlso two junior categories and a school award – to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

Bank vole by Jamie Unwin.

Bank vole by Jamie Unwin.

Chris Packham, naturalist and television presenter said “Each year the British Wildlife Photography Awards generates an incredible catalogue of splendid, exciting, imaginative and artistic images, proving beyond doubt that we have the richest palette of life to celebrate in our own backyard. Anyone passionate about protecting and preserving wildlife will be inspired by the British Wildlife Photography Awards, which in its sixth year has done more than any other award to raise the profile of British wildlife.”

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015

Fox by Alannah Hawker.

The best photographs will be exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London SW1, in September and will feature in a book.

The closing date is May 2, 2015. Visit www.bwpawards.co.uk for further details.