The British Life Photography Awards, open to both amateur and professional photographers, is perhaps one of the strongest competitions in the photography calendar. We take a look at some of the outstanding entries from the second British Life Photography Awards.

British Life Awards Book

The brief is simple: present to the judges an imaginative and contemporary illustration of British life. There are a variety of categories on offer, ranging from Rural Life and Street Life through to British Weather and Historic Britain. You can take a look at the category winners as well as the highly commended shots at www.blpawards.org and find details of the next competition.

In the meantime, the images on the following pages will hopefully inspire you to get outside and see what you can find right on your doorstep.

British Life Awards: Portfolio 2 is published by Dewi Lewis, priced £24. An exhibition to showcase the competition is being held in Banbury Museum in Oxfordshire from 25 March–9 July