An ‘evocative’ image of gannets perched on sea cliffs in the Shetland Isles has triumphed in the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015.

‘On the Edge’, northern gannets, Shetland Isles [Photo credit: © Barrie Williams/BWPA http://bwpawards.org]

Barrie Williams beat thousands of entries in 16 categories to claim the overall crown in a wildlife photography competition open to amateurs and professionals.

The first prize was £5,000.

‘Worlds collide in Barrie Williams’ beautiful and evocative image, which demands a double-take, affording a unique insight into the habitat and behaviour of gannets,’ said competition judge Paul Wilkinson.

Matt Swaine, editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine, added: ‘Sea cliffs provide a haven from potential predators, a place for birds to breed, hunt and safely raise the next generation.

’This vertigo-inducing shot shows guano-stained rocks, the bustle of lower ledges – with birds packed tightly and gannets hunting over the inky seas below.

‘The judges felt it was a unique perspective of this shot and its ability to reveal something new about seabird life that made it such a firm favourite.’

DOCUMENTARY-6.web‘Toads on Roads’, North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire, England [Photo credit: © David Pressland/BWPA http://bwpawards.org]

Commenting on the 2015 competition, photographer Mark Carwardine said: ‘This latest collection of images is testament to the sheer level of interest in wildlife in Britain and, above all, the remarkable abilities of our wildlife photographers.’

STARLINGS - URBAN WINNER TOMOS BRANGWYN high res.web‘London Starling Gang’, England [Photo credit: © Tomos Brangwyn/BWPA http://bwpawards.org]

Roe deer in the snow‘Roe Deer in four Seasons’, Suffolk [Photo credit: © Kevin Sawford/BWPA http://bwpawards.org]

SEASONS AUTUMN(3).web‘Roe Deer in four Seasons’, Suffolk [Photo credit: © Kevin Sawford/BWPA http://bwpawards.org]

To see all the winning images, visit www.bwpawards.org/static/2015/winner-2015.html.

More than 100 of the best images go on show at the Mall Galleries in London from 14-19 September.

Full list of winners
Overall Winner – Barrie Williams ‘On the Edge’, northern gannets, Shetland Isles,
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Category Winners

Habitat – Barrie Williams ‘On the Edge’, northern gannets, Shetland Isles.
Animal Behaviour – Kris Worsley, ‘Pheasant Display’, Nottinghamshire.
Animal Portraits – William Harvey, ‘Common Lizard’, Surrey.
Hidden Britain – Alex Hyde, ‘Dew-covered Crane Fly’, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire.
Coast and Marine – Paul Colley, ‘Beautiful Blues’, Blue Shark, Penzance, Cornwall.
Wild Woods – Chaitanya Deshpande ‘A Flutter in the Woods’, London.
Botanical Britain –Tim Hunt  ‘Fairy Moss’, Penryn, Cornwall.
Close to Nature – Chris Speller ‘Mite Walking in Frog Valley’, Bristol.
Urban Wildlife – Tomos Brangwyn, ‘London Starling Gang’, London.
British Nature in Black & White – Terry Whittaker, ‘Pink-footed Geese in Mist’, Black Isle, Highlands.
Documentary Series – David Pressland, ‘Toads on Roads’, North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire.
British Seasons – Kevin Sawford, ‘Roe Deer in four Seasons’, Suffolk.

Wildlife in HD Video – Andy Jackson and Jackie Daly, ‘The last Seahorse in Studland?’, Dorset.

Young People’s Award Wildpix
Under 12 Years Category – Max Eve (age 10), ‘Blue-tailed Damselfly’, Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, Dumfries.
12–18 Years Category – Kyle Moore (age16), ‘Bokeh Frog’, Lowestoft, Suffolk.

School Award – Year 5 pupils at Meadowbrook Primary School, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.