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Football covered in barnacles wins British Wildlife Photography Awards

A spectacular picture of a football covered in barnacles has been unveiled as the winner of this year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards.

The image was chosen from more than 14,000 submissions from amateur and professional photographers.

The winning image was taken by Ryan Stalker and also won in the Coast and Marine category.

“Above the water is just a football. But below the waterline is a colony of creatures,” Mr Stalker said.

“The football was washed up in Dorset after making a huge ocean journey across the Atlantic. More rubbish in the sea could increase the risk of more creatures making it to our shores and becoming invasive species.”

The RSPB Young British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award went to Max Wood for his picture of a coot running across a misty lake at sunrise.

Winner RSPB 15 - 17 Years.
“Running on Water” Coot. Frensham Little Pond, Surrey, England. Pic: Max Wood
Image: Pic: Max Wood/BWPA

Here are the other winners:

More on Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

Animal Behaviour winner

Three Frogs in Amplexus by Ian Mason, taken in Perthshire.

Winner - Animal Behaviour.
“Three Frogs in Amplexus” Common frog. Perthshire, Scotland. Pic: Ian Mason/BWPA
Image: Pic: Ian Mason/BWPA

Animal Portraits winner

Mark Williams’ Starling at Night, showing a common starling in Solihull.

Winner - Animal Portraits.
“Starling at Night” Common starling. Solihull, West Midlands, England. Pic: Mark Williams/BWPA
Image: Pic: Mark Williams/BWPA

Botanical Britain winner

Jason McCombe won with his picture of slime mould in Essex.

Winner - Botanical Britain.
“Tiny Forest Balloons” Slime mould. Essex, England. Pic: Jason McCombe/BWPA
Image: Pic: Jason McCombe/BWPA

Black and White winner

Raven Above Arran by Robin Dodd won in the black and white category.

Winner - Black and White.
“Raven Above Arran” Raven. Isle of Arran, Scotland. Pic: Robin Dodd/BWPA
Image: Pic: Robin Dodd/BWPA

Habitat winner

Daniel Valverde Fernandez captured a red fox in Sherwood Pines Forest Park in Nottinghamshire and titled it The Tightrope Walker.

Winner - Habitat.
“The Tightrope Walker” Red fox. Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Nottinghamshire, England. Pic: Daniel Valverde Fernandez/BWPA
Image: Pic: Daniel Valverde Fernandez/BWPA

Hidden Britain winner

Three’s a Crowd, by Ross Hoddinott, showing a group of common blue butterflies in Devon.

Winner - Hidden Britain.
“Three’s a Crowd” Common blue butterfly. Vealand Farm, Devon, England. Pic: Ross Hoddinott/BWPA
Image: Pic: Ross Hoddinott/BWPA

Urban Wildlife winner

Simon Withyman’s Day Walker, showing a red fox in Bristol.

Winner - Urban Wildlife.
“Day Walker” Red fox. Bristol, England. Pic: Simon Withyman/BWPA
Image: Pic: Simon Withyman/BWPA

Wild Woods winner

A picture of a beech tree by Graham Niven, taken in East Lothian.

Winner - Wild Woods.
“Beech for the Sky” Beech. East Lothian, Scotland. Pic: Graham Niven/BWPA
Image: Pic: Graham Niven/BWPA

British Seasons winner

Warren Price’s The King’s Quarters, showing a common kingfisher in Bedfordshire.

Winner - British Seasons.
“The King’s Quarters” Common kingfisher. Bedfordshire, England. Pic: Warren Price/BWPA
Image: Pic: Warren Price/BWPA

RSPB 12 – 14 Years winner

Mother and Fawn by Felix Walker-Nix, showing roe deer in Sherfield on Loddon.

Winner, RSPB 12 - 14 Years, “Mother and Fawn” Roe deer. Sherfield on Loddon, England. Pic: Felix Walker-Nix/BWPA
Image: Pic: Felix Walker-Nix/BWPA

RSPB 11 and under winner

Spring’s Treasures, showing a pheasant in Mid Wales, by Jamie Smart.

Winner RSPB 11 and under.
“Spring’s Treasures” Pheasant. Mid Wales. Pic: Jamie Smart/BWPA
Image: Pic: Jamie Smart/BWPA

“The British Wildlife Photography Awards [BWPA] brings to light the spectacular tapestry of Britain’s natural heritage,” said Will Nicholls, director of BWPA.

“This collection is more than just a gallery of images; it is a celebration, a reminder of the enduring beauty of British wildlife and a call to preserve the natural spaces that we are so fortunate to have in Britain.”

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