Our picture editor Lucy Ford picks out some of the finest from among the 320 shortlisted images entered for the 2020 British Photography Awards.
The 2020 British Photography Awards took place this week, showcasing an incredible array of talent — as the pictures on this page show — and raising money into the bargain.
You can see the full list of winners and runners-up by category at the British Photography Awards website.
Some 320 images were shortlisted, ranging from portraits and nature images to abstracts, fashion shoots and candid snaps of everyday life. Pictures were sent in from across the world (the only eligibility rule is that the photographers have to be either British or based in Britain), with
90% of the proceeds from entry fees going towards a range of charitable causes.
We’ve picked out some of our favourites from among those honoured by these awards — to see more, and find out more about the competition and the charities it helps, visit
Ethereal Mushrooms ©Jonathan Lodge/British Photography Awards
‘A shadow from the past’, an image of Cowdray ruins by Maciej Natkaniec / British Photography Awards
Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, 14 Sept. 2019.
©Mark Allan / British Photography Awards
A 21st century viking funeral? Up Helly Aa in Lerwick, Shetland, is Europe’s largest viking fire festival, and was captured by Gordon Siegel / British Photography Awards
Highlands Cow by Tomasz Kowalski / British Photography Awards
The Tree Hopper by Keith Trueman / British Photography Awards
Wimblehall dam in Somerset, pictured by Robert Tyler / British Photography Awards
A swan and its mother on the Norfolk Broads by Jonathan Casey / British Photography Awards
Booby’s Bay in Cornwall by Matt Warren / British Photography Awards
Herdwick Shearlings in Great Langdale, Cumbria, by James Buttenshaw / British Photography Awards
Royal Pavilion at Twilight by Phil Bedford / British Photography Awards
‘Hitching a ride’ by Jason Meadows / British Photography Awards
The Natural History Museum pictured by Hazel Parreno / British Photography Awards
A 13-second exposure of a drone circling this remote chapel in Cornwall was used to take ‘Rame Head Halo’ by Oliver Dickinson / British Photography Awards
Morning sun in Bushy Park, London, by Amanda Cook / British Photography Awards
Heather management on the North York Moors by Paul Anthony Wilson / British Photography Awards
A bald eagle and a red fox tussle in mid-air over a European rabbit in San Juan Island National Historical Park in Washington state.
Credit: Kevin Ebi
Winning photos and honorable mentions were selected from 2,253 entrants from all over the United States, Washington D.C. and 10
Collision Course by Philip Selby, taken on a lake in Wiltshire ©2018 British Wildlife Photography Awards
Credit: ©2018 British Wildlife Photography Awards
Over the course of the last 10 years the British Wildlife Photography Awards have done a wonderful job of showcasing
Llighthouse at Point of Ayr in North Wales
Credit: James Farley
An eerily beautiful picture of a lighthouse in Wales has won the inaugural '400ft Britain' award for aerial photography.
Credit: Richard Cannon/Country Life Picture Library
Nature, in all its beauty and ferocity, was celebrated in these unforgettable articles.
Credit: ©Landscape Photographer of the Year awards - Ken Rennie
If you've taken a superb photograph of Britain in the past year, you're still in time to submit it to
Credit: OPOTY/Anya Burnell