Bugs to badgers: Photography winners on show at Ironbridge exhibition

By Rory Smith | Ironbridge | Attractions | Published:

Award winning photography work celebrating British wildlife is set to be featured in a Shropshire art gallery.

Lucy Farrell's Bugs aren't Cute photo, Winner of the Young Under 12 Category

The free exhibition in Ironbridge will be made up of work from the winners and commended entries of the 2018 British Wildlife Photography Awards.

Focused on celebrating the wildlife in Britain, work from talented amateur and professional photographers will be on display in the Footprint Gallery, next to Jackfield Tile Museum.

David Bennet's winning entry for the Close to Nature category. Goose Barnacles taken in Sanna Bay, Scotland
Winner of the Coast and Marine category. A Lesser black-backed gull weathering the storm. Taken by Craig Denford in East Sussex

Running from May 11 to September 10, the exhibition aims to highlight the great wealth and diversity of Britain's natural history, providing a showcase for the very best nature photography with evocative and powerful imagery, encouraging discovery, exploration, conservation and enjoyment of wildlife.

Established in 2009, the British Wildlife Photography Awards were set up to raise awareness about British biodiversity, species and habitats.

Tesni Ward's Portraits category winner. Taken in the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire

As well as having their work showcased in the exhibition, the winners and commended entrants are featured in a specialist wildlife publication.


Applications and submissions for the 2019 British Wildlife Photography Awards are currently open, closing on April 6.

The Footprint Gallery at Jackfield Tile Museum is open every day between 10am and 4pm.

WildWoods category winner. A seasonal overlap taken by James Roddie
Eye of the Spawn - Young Winner 12 - 18 category. Ivan Carter, aged 17, taken in Kent

For more information call the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on 01952433424 or visit

For more information on the British Wildlife Photography Awards, visit

Rory Smith

By Rory Smith
Reporter - @rorysmith_star

Trainee news reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Ketley office in Telford.


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