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Committee biodiversity photo competition winner announced

28 June 2021

A photo of two damselflies taken by Michael Swailes was chosen as the winning photo from our biodiversity photo competition. 

The Environmental Audit Committee's report 'Biodiversity in the UK: bloom or bust?' will be published on 30 June 2021. Earlier this year, the committee asked the public to help showcase the breadth of UK biodiversity by submitting their own nature photos.

In total, over 200 photographs were received from people who responded to our appeal, from which 12 finalists were selected by the Committee as capturing the beauty and importance of UK wildlife. All of the finalists are featured in the report. The short-listed photographs included stunning images of a red squirrel, heather, honeybee and frog. The winning entry, which will feature on the front cover of the report, is of two damselflies.

Chair's quote

Unveiling the winners, Environmental Audit Committee Chairman Philip Dunne said:

“I would like to thank each and every photographer that sent in their remarkable images of wildlife in the UK. As expected, the entries varied significantly: there were shrubs and trees, mammals and amphibians, and insects of all shapes and sizes. The photographs were captured in numerous locations: fields and heathland; back gardens and dense forests; on moorland and deep under water. The technical expertise and appreciation of the natural environment exhibited in the entries is simply breath-taking. It was a very difficult task indeed to pick our finalists and the eventual winner.

“This exercise has brought into sharp focus how lucky we are to have these unique ecosystems in the UK, and it is absolutely imperative that they continue to thrive. In our report, to be published next week, we will be sharing our findings on the current state of UK biodiversity and offer solutions to the Government to protect nature in the UK for generations.”

Further information

Image: Damselflies by Michael Swailes, submitted on his behalf by Eileen Swailes