BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS RETURN TO RED BRICK BUILDING TO SHOWCASE NATION’S WILDLIFE AND RAISE VITAL FUNDS FOR SOMERSET WILDLIFE TRUST
2018 exhibition set to awe and inspire visitors with stunning images of Britain’s natural world – including one taken by local Somerset photographer
22nd May, 2018 – Somerset Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce that the prestigious British Wildlife Photography Awards - launched nine years ago to recognise the talents of photographers working in the UK, and to capture amazing images of Britain’s diverse wildlife - will be helping raise funds for the Trust’s work when it returns to the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury as part of its national tour. An exhibition of the winning images will be displayed from 17th July until 25th August as a part of a tour starting in London. Winners include Somerset’s own photographer, Victoria Hillman. The exhibition showcases the wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history, with the hope of inspiring people to protect and appreciate the wildlife in their local area.
Whilst the exhibition is free to enter, voluntary donations will be gratefully received and will be shared equally between the two organisations. These donations will help support the work of Somerset Wildlife Trust in conserving our county’s wonderful wildlife and habitats - some of which will be on display in the exhibition.
(Left to right) 12 -18 Winner: Matthew Roseveare, or Behaviour Winner: Andrew Parkinson
Katie Arber, Director of Fundraising & Marketing for Somerset Wildlife Trust said: “We are very excited to be working alongside Red Brick Building in Glastonbury on this brilliant exhibition. We believe it is important to inspire people to help protect, conserve and appreciate the wildlife around them, and this stunning exhibition is a wonderful way to get across a sense of the amazing diversity and wealth of our natural world. With such an amazing display of images of wildlife from all over Britain, as well as from closer to home here in Somerset, it’s hard not to feel inspired to get outside and appreciate the wildlife around us. We look forward to seeing people there.”
Alison Belshaw from the Red Brick Building comments, “We’re really pleased to be bringing the British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition to Glastonbury again and working with Somerset Wildlife Trust. Last year more than 1,000 people saw the amazing photographs and we’re looking forward to welcoming more this summer. The Red Brick Building is a community-owned social enterprise here for all of the community and working in partnership with other organisations to bring new things to the area.”
Volunteers from Wells and Heart of the Levels Area Groups will be present at the exhibition to welcome visitors, and alongside the exhibition are other events, such as a special wildlife photography walk on 22nd August, led by Victoria Hillman and Les Cloutman (of our Wells Area Group). There will also be wildlife-based art activities to inspire children at Red Brick Building this summer, so keep an eye out for these on their website at: https://redbrickbuilding.co.uk/.
More information about The British Wildlife Photography Awards can be found here: https://www.bwpawards.org/
Full address of the exhibition is: Red Brick Building, Morland Enterprise Park, Morland Road, Glastonbury BA6 9FT.
For interviews and further information or images, please contact Kirby Everett on 01823 652413 or email: or Lisa Whaley on 01823 652400 or
Images are attached for use with this news release. They are granted on a one-time use basis, in association with this release and the photographer must be credited. More images available on request.
About Somerset Wildlife Trust – www.somersetwildlife.org
Somerset’s wildlife is part of what makes living, working and visiting the county so special. Somerset Wildlife Trust has been protecting vulnerable wildlife and preserving Somerset’s wild places for over 50 years and, with over 18,000 members, is the largest conservation charity in the county. Alongside our members and volunteers we work year round to protect wildlife, transform landscapes and put nature back into people’s lives.
Our reserves holding of over 1700 hectares incorporates a diverse range of habitats from wetlands to woodlands, grasslands and meadows, and provide secure environments for a diverse range of wildlife such as Dormice, Otters, Hedgehogs, Barn Owls and many other species - as well as providing safe havens for some of Somerset’s most iconic species such as Bittern and Large Blue butterfly.
The majority of our work is made possible through the support of our members and people who live and work in the county who choose to make donations, fundraise for us or leave generous legacies. By working together with our members and supporters we really can make a difference.