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14/09/2015 12:20 BST | Updated 19/09/2015 05:59 BST

This Year's Winner Of The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015 Is Bird-tastic

The winner for this year's British Wildlife Photography Awards has been announced.

Showcasing the very best wildlife entries from around the UK the overall winning picture has been awarded to Barrie Williams from Edinburgh who took a photo of Northern Gannets taken at Noss on the Shetland Isles against the dark backdrop of the sea.

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Northern Gannets taken at Noss on the Shetland Isles taken by Barrie Williams

Speaking about his image Barrie said " Visiting Noss, I was blown away by the sheer volume of gannets surrounding me. I studied the scene for a while, soaking in the seabird orchestra and thinking about how to convey this. Looking down, it appeared to me that the gannets far below looked like stars against the dark backdrop of the sea. Add to this the nests scattered across the cliffs and I knew I had found my image."

Zoologist Mark Carwardine who will be presenting the award and has said: The annual publication of the British Wildlife Photography Awards has become one of the most anticipated events in the wildlife photography calendar. Look at this year’s fabulous collection and you will see that wildlife photographers are working harder than ever before, striving to capture a wider range of subjects, locations and styles, tackling increasingly difficult species and behaviours, and shooting familiar ones in unfamiliar and more imaginative ways. The bar in wildlife photography has already been raised to unimaginably high levels of sophistication, innovation and artistic vision, yet the standard somehow continues to get better and better.

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The newly released book captures today’s best amateur and professional wildlife photographers. With 13 separate categories covering everything from marine life and animal behaviour to creepy crawlies and urban wildlife; the book beautifully reveals the unseen splendour and surprising diversity of Britain’s wildlife. There are three additional special junior categories to encourage young people to connect to nature through photography.

'British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 6' showcases the very best entries from the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015 and goes on sale 14th September, for more info see here.