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Winning Photos of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2016

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The British Wildlife Photography Awards have announced the winning photographs for the 2016 contest. Photographer George Stoyle took the top prize for the photo above, titled “Hitchhikers,” which shows young fish taking refuge inside the stinging tentacles of a lion’s mane jellyfish.

“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,” Stoyle says of his dive off the island of Hirta, Scotland. “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.”

Here are some more of the winning photos that won first prize from among the thousands of entries received across 15 categories:

Animal Behavior winner. "Back Garden Babies (Garden spider)" by Jacqueline Spindley of Nottinghamshire, England.
Animal Behavior winner. “Back Garden Babies (Garden spider)” by Jacqueline Spindley of Nottinghamshire, England.
Animal Portraits winner. "Mountain hare" by Jamie Mina of Tomatin, Inverness, Scotland.
Animal Portraits winner. “Mountain hare” by Jamie Mina of Tomatin, Inverness, Scotland.
British Nature in Black and White winner. "Free Bird" by Chaitanya Deshpande of London, England.
British Nature in Black and White winner. “Free Bird” by Chaitanya Deshpande of London, England.
British Seasons winner. "Common Weasel" by Robert E Fuller of North Yorkshire, England.
British Seasons winner. “Common Weasel” by Robert E Fuller of North Yorkshire, England.
Close to Nature winner. "Tadpoles" by Jeanette Sakel of Bristol, England.
Close to Nature winner. “Tadpoles” by Jeanette Sakel of Bristol, England.
Habitat winner. "Living Space (Bass)" by Charles Everitt of Bass Rock, East Lothian, Scotland.
Habitat winner. “Living Space (Bass)” by Charles Everitt of Bass Rock, East Lothian, Scotland.
Hidden Britain winner. "Emergence" by Stephen Darlington of  Goring, Oxfordshire, England.
Hidden Britain winner. “Emergence” by Stephen Darlington of Goring, Oxfordshire, England.
Urban Wildlife winner. "The Supermarket Starling" by Geoff Trevarthen of Cornwall, England.
Urban Wildlife winner. “The Supermarket Starling” by Geoff Trevarthen of Cornwall, England.
Wild Woods winner. "Twisted Green" by Steve Palmer of  Derbyshire, England.
Wild Woods winner. “Twisted Green” by Steve Palmer of Derbyshire, England.

You can find a larger gallery of all the winning photos on the BWPA website.

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