The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2012 has announced its winners with Dr Matt Doggett winning the overall prize and cheque for £5,000 for his image entitled; Gannet Jacuzzi. The competition has captured the imagination of thousands of photographers, who collectively have created a stunning and innovative series of images which showcase British wildlife at its best.

The British Wildlife Photography Awards were established to recognise the talents of wildlife photographers of all nationalities practising in Britain, whilst at the same time highlighting the great wealth and diversity of Britain’s natural history. The driving motivation to set up the Awards evolved through the nation’s growing awareness of the local environment and the need for its protection.

Now in its fourth year, this highly acclaimed and unique wildlife photography competition has captivated the nation, with outstanding and beautiful imagery. It is a celebration of British wildlife, as well as, a showcase for the country’s leading nature photographers both amateur and professional.

With twelve separate categories, the subject matter covers everything from marine life and animal behaviour to creepy crawlies and urban wildlife; the results have beautifully revealed the unseen splendour and surprising diversity of Britain’s wildlife. Unlike other wildlife competitions the Awards are uniquely British.