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Wildscreen festival 2014


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British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014 Winners Announced!
1 September 2014

The British Wildlife Photography Awards proudly announce the winners for 2014.

The Awards celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife. Winning and commended images are chosen from thousands of entries in sixteen separate categories including a special film category for Wildlife in HD Video and three junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

“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 fifth year has done more than any other award to raise the profile of British wildlife”, Chris Packham, TV Presenter and Naturalist.

The Winners

British Wildlife Photographer

BWPA Overall Winner - The Tourist
by Lee Acaster
'The Tourist' by Lee Acaster (London, England)

The winning picture ‘The Tourist’, is by Lee Acaster, for his image of a Greylag Goose in London. "It was a real privilege to have such a close encounter with a wild bird in the very heart of London. I vividly remember the excitement I felt as she patiently waited for me to get the shot, and I knew immediately this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, I’m just grateful that she didn't lose interest as quickly as my children do when I’m taking photographs of them”. Lee Acaster.

Judge Mark Ward, Editor-in-Chief, at RSPB Nature’s Home Magazine commented “The winning photograph shows a familiar bird in a familiar setting, but the visual impact is extraordinary. The stormy, brooding backdrop sets a dramatic scene, while the orange and pink from the bird bring vibrancy to the monochromatic cityscape. Lee’s stunning photograph proves you do not have to travel far from home to capture the very best of Britain’s wildlife images.”

WILDLIFE IN HD VIDEO – 'Tide' by Rebecca Payne (Bristol, England)

Tide from BWPAwards

Highlights of all the commended winners:

BWPA Highlights 2014 from BWPAwards

Highly commended entries:

A Sense of Placeby Max Smith
A Sting in the Tale
by Mat Thompson
Squirrel Island
by Sam Meyrick
Crustacean Sensation
by Sue Daly
Arctic Char
by Andy Jackson
Urban Foxes by Dani Godwin
Beauty and the Beast by Tim Balmer
Sex Life of a Snail by Kathryn Feavers
Morning Placidity
by Hilxia Szabo

Congratulations to those above, especially to the members highlighted!

WildPix Young People’s Awards here:

See the full Feature Page here...


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Jackson Hole Science Media Awards Announces 2014 Finalists
From Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival
1st August 2014

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is delighted to announce the finalists selected for its second biennial 2014 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. This year’s saw more than 480 entries competing for 21 special awards. More than 140 international judges screened an aggregated 3000+ hours in order to select the finalist films. Finalists in the peer-judged Craft Categories (Visualization, Editing, Writing and Audioscape) and Special Consideration nominations were announced August 18. The 2014 Science Media Award-winners will be selected by a distinguished panel of judges preceding the three-day Science Media Symposium, an industry conference hosted in partnership with WGBH in Boston, September 17-19, and will be announced at a gala Awards Celebration at the New England Aquarium, on September 17th.

Jackson Hole Science Media Awards Trailer from JH Wildlife Film Festival

Congratulations to members Brian Leith Productions, Gulo Film Productions, Silverback Filmsand Montana State University, MFA Science and Natural History Filmmaking Program for their nominations...

Check out the list of finalists here...


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Wildscreen Festival 2014 Tickets Available Now!

They are available here. Once you've bought your pass you will also be able to purchase your ticket to the glittering Panda Awards!

There's also a great selection of workshops for 2014! Whether you're a beginner or a pro, there's something for everyone. You can view the current list of 2014 workshops and buy tickets now. Make sure you keep an eye out as on Wednesday they will begin revealing their fabulous programme in earnest, and there are some very exciting announcements coming your way...

Pitch it to me!

Got an idea that will make the dragon’s jaws drop? Well then, you’ll be as excited as we are about the return of Speed Pitching for Wildscreen Film Festival 2014! The slots are available exclusively for Festival Pass holders, and for those who are not as experienced as others there’s a pitching workshop on Sunday 19 October to get your skills up to scratch. Speed Pitching sessions offer an amazing opportunity to present your programme and project ideas to a host of both TV & Film executives in an exclusive one-to-one session. Read their full profiles online or view/download a PDF here to see exactly what they're looking for. The application deadline is Monday 8 September and we will contact successful applicants by Monday 6 October. More here:

Volunteer at the Wildscreen Fesival this October!

Wildscreen have now opened their volunteer applications and are on the hunt for friendly, enthusiastic and reliable volunteers to join their team! Volunteering at the festival is a great way to help you break into the wildlife film and TV industry while meeting like-minded people, networking and even getting the opportunity to attend festival sessions in your time off! There's a variety of roles available to suit a range of interests and strengths. These include Event Assistants, Guest Liaisons, Press Office and Social Media Assistants, Photographers, and Videotheque Assistants plus many more. There's something for everyone! You can see the full list here and applications close on Monday 1 September. If you have any questions about volunteering with Wildscreen, please get in touch:

Welcome to Wildscreen Film Festival... By member Sam Hopes

Welcome to Wildscreen Film Festival... from Wildscreen Film Festival

A sneak preview in to the kind of action you can expect at Wildscreen Film Festival 2014!

Filmed and edited by Sam Hopes - - Winner of the Focus 12 Competition, sponsored by Films@59 and Panasonic. Post-production support from Films@59. Audio post-production support from Rich Caola. Footage filmed at Wildscreen Film Festival 2012


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Enter the Eden Shorts Competition!

Wildscreen have teamed up with UKTV to bring you an amazing opportunity to get your short film seen! They are looking for one minute films that display the wonder and beauty of the natural world. The judges are a top panel of experts, including Michaela Strachan, and will be looking for quality in filming technique and editing, thoughtful communication and relevant subject matter. Winners will have their films aired on Britain’s leading natural history channel, Eden, screened to live audiences at the Festival, and will win a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1KEB!

Enter Our Eden Shorts Wildlife Film Competition! from Eden Channel

Your film must be:

  • Exactly 1 minute long - no longer, no less.
  • Your own work. You can't use anything filmed or edited by anyone other than you - only one person can win the prizes.
  • Commercial music free.

Eden Shorts How To Guides from Eden Channel

The competition is now open - find out how to enter here:


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Places available on Wildeye's Wildlife Camera Operator Course, 31 Oct - 2 Nov 2014

Wildlife Camera Operator CourseWhat is 4K? How can you get great wildlife footage from a DSLR? What does broadcast quality mean? How can you get amazing aerial shots on a budget? What do you need to take slow motion video?

Whether you are hoping for a career as a professional wildlife camera operator or want to film wildlife as a fascinating hobby, this course will arm you with the knowledge and techniques to create stunning shots and sequences. As camera technology advances apace it can be difficult to know what equipment to use (and then how to use it!), with a high tutor to student ratio, this course is unique in content and value for money.

Wildlife Camera Operator CourseThe weekend introduces the latest technology and camera systems for those who may upgrade their equipment in the future or have yet to buy a camcorder. The knowledge gained will help you choose and use the right gear for your purposes and will save you wasting money on unnecessary or inappropriate technology. The Creative Camerawork element will help you improve your techniques under expert instruction.

Wildlife Camera Operator Course
The course starts with a discussion about the latest camera technology and is then split into hands-on workshops exploring various aspects of camera use in wildlife film-making, including: wide angle, telephoto, macro, scopes, slow motion, time lapse, 3D, aerial solutions and creative techniques. It is taught by wildlife film-maker Mike Linley, Piers Warren - Principal of Wildeye, independent wildlife filmmaker Adrian Cale, Simon Beer - a video camera specialist from Production Gear Ltd and high speed camera specialist Jonathan JonesWildlife Camera Operator Course.

The location is Whitwell Hall Country Centre in the centre of Norfolk, UK.

Costs: £345 per person, which includes all tuition, accommodation, and meals.

Find out more here!

Wildlife Camera Operator Course

Booking: If the home page shows that there are still places available please complete the online application form and send in the deposit as detailed.

Wild Pages


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Japan Wildlife Film Festival 2015 Call For Entries Open!

The JWFF opened their call for entries quietly on the 2nd of June and they've already recieved 244 entries from over 46 countries at last notification for the 2015 film festival!

Entry is free!! For those who haven't entered yet, you may do so by following this link: Regular Deadline: October 31, 2014

Opening & Highlight Reel From the 2013 Festival from JWFF

And they have moved office to a new location in Shibuya, their address is now:
Nature Film Network, Japan Wildlife Film Festival, 1-3-18-B404 Villa Moderna Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002, Japan
Phone:+81 (0)3 6419 7504

For those people in Japan! Ueno Zoo + National Geographic Channel + JWFF have a special screening event coming up in August from 12th-15th at Ueno Zoo. It is part of the mid summer nights zoo event, which actually starts on the 9th until 17th. We will screen "Night Of The Lion" on the 12th, 14th and "Wild Congo: River of Monsters" on 13th and 15th from 18:30 on a big screen at the Shinobazu terrace.

Check out and 'Like' their Facebook Page:

British Wildlife Photography Awards


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Mark Your Calendar: 2015 JHWFF Dates Announced!

The 2015 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival dates are:

  • Jackson Hole Conservation Summit: September 26-29
  • Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival: September 28-October 2
  • WILD Nature: October 2-4.

JH Conservation Summit - Focused on ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE, the 2015 Summit brings together conservation & wildlife advocates, public policy experts, range state leaders and program funders. Topic-driven meetings on focused areas of concern aim to propose solutions for stronger protection of wild animals and habitat.

WILD Nature - Showcasing JHWFF's award-winning films, filmmakers and special guests to the Jackson Hole community in a popular series of public screenings and keynotes.


The 2014 Science Media Symposium is coming!

Join visionary thinkers in science and public media for three full days of provocative panels, immersive workshops and casual networking, Sept 17-19 in Boston, the hub of the nation's scientific, research and technological community. On September 17th, we will announce the 2014 Science Media Awards winners at a gala celebration. Register here:

Jackson Hole Science Media Awards Trailer from JH Wildlife Film Festival


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Rhinos Without Borders appeal by the Jouberts

"Right now more rhinos are killed each year than born. In 2013, 1,004 wild rhinos were killed in South Africa alone. As the days march on, we lose individual rhinos at a shocking rate. The future does not look secure for this majestic species. One rhino is lost every 8 hours due to poachers! There has been plenty of talk of saving South Africa’s rhino from extinction due to poaching, but there’s been little action. We do not seem to be winning this war. As concerned conservationists, Great Plains Conservation has committed alongside industry partners to undertake a relocation of a magnitude never done before – to relocate no less than 100 rhino from South Africa to safe havens in Botswana. By mid-2015, this relocation operation will take place with an assertive and elaborate anti-poaching force and strong commitment to save this species. Our fundraising campaign, Rhinos Without Borders, will ensure this relocation initiative is a success; striving to rescue this treasured species from spiraling to extinction." Dereck & Beverly Joubert

Rhinos Without Borders from WLCFilms

Visit and contribute:

Brock Initiative


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Is Dubai Doomed? trailer from Member Richard Brock

This film takes an unusual look at the world famous city of Dubai, apparently unstoppable in its growth. This is certainly not a typical travelogue and includes some testing questions to its leaders about its future from a ecological point of view. Consumption of natural resources is a focus, combining smuggling, fisheries, trade, tourism, oil, flamingos, and changing marine life on a massive scale. Has Dubai gone too far? We offer solutions as climate change and sea level rise could prove to be crucial to a currently confident city which seems to defy the laws of nature. So far.

Is Dubai Doomed? from brockinitiative

Visit: & & @BrockInitiative

Wildlife Film-making: Looking to the Future


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Check out the new American Conservation Film Festival Trailer!

American Conservation Film Festival Trailer from American Conservation

The American Conservation Film Festival will be held in Shepherdstown, WV, USA, from October 30 - November 2, 2014, with an aim to Engage. Inform. Inspire. Visit:



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Wild Pages: The Wildlife Film-makers' Resource Guide 2014/15 Competition

Win a copy of Wild Pages 2014/15... An essential piece of kit!

Please simply send the full species name of the animal on the front cover to

A name will be drawn at random from the correct entries and the winner will be announced in the next edition of Wildlife Film News.

You can, if you prefer, just purchase a copy here: Thank you!! :)

Environmental Investigation Agency


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Chris Watson Sound App to be released in September by The Nimbus Group.

Free sonic paintbox app featuring Chris Watson’s sound recordings – available from September. Chris Watson has been working in collaboration with arts collective The Nimbus Group to create a new immersive sound painting app featuring Watson’s precise and stark sound recordings of the natural world. Nimbus uses experimental approaches to transport users to places and experiences including: the inside of an animal carcass as it is being eaten, a Mozambique Nightjar singing on the banks of the Zambezi, and a family of elephants sleeping in grassland on the Massai Mara. Nimbus will be available for free download from The Nimbus Group website from 10 September 2014.

You can read more here: The Wire & FACT

Follow: @ChrisRWatson

Filmmakers For Conservation


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A very warm welcome to our new full members of July!

Elsa McKee - MSc Global Wildlife Health and Conservation student at the University of Bristol, with passion for wildlife and conservation. Aspiring natural history documentary researcher/presenter.

Alan Lacy - Producer/Researcher specialising in project management, overseeing the entire production process from initial concept through distribution.

Clive Huggins - Consultant Entomologist and Photographer... For Insects & Spiders Worldwide, (Terrestrial Arthropods). Royal Entomological Society Fellow.

There's basic FREE membership for all here or for a much more comprehensive listing and additional benefits, become a full member: or

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