Here Are the Beautiful Winning Images from the 2016 British Wildlife Photography Awards

©George Stoyle

On Monday we shared the finalists in this year’s international Wildlife Photography of the Year Competition, and now we can show you the stunning winners of another contest: The 2016 British Wildlife Photography Awards (BWPA).

The annual BWPA competition, established in 2009, highlights the work of UK photographers and solicits entries in a wide number of categories, while trumpeting the diversity of species found in Britain. The 2016 Overall Winner you see above of a Lion’s Mane Jellyfish was captured by George Stoyle off the Island of Hirta, Scotland and submitted for the Coast and Marine category.

Stoyle explains the shot: “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.“

Below you’ll see our favorite category winners, beginning with a beautiful image of garden spiders by Jacqueline Spindley. You can view all of the winning images, along with others that were “highly commended, on the BWPA website. Enjoy!

©Jacqueline Spindley

©Jamie Mina

©Robert E. Fuller
©Rebecca Bunce
©Jeanette Sakel
©David Maitland