Panda Award categories
The Wildscreen Panda Awards are presented every two years to celebrate and honour outstanding achievement in the craft of natural world filmmaking and storytelling.
In 2018, Wildscreen will recognise outstanding achievement in 18 Panda Award categories and will also present two very special awards – the Golden Panda Award and the Christopher Parsons Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Golden Panda Award
Awarded to the best overall production.
Christopher Parsons Award for Outstanding Achievement
This award is presented by Wildscreen to honour an organisation or individual that has made a globally significant contribution to the art of storytelling, conservation and/or the wider public’s experience and understanding of the natural world and the need for its protection. The award is presented in memory of Christopher Parsons, Wildscreen's founder and the visionary behind its award-winning initiative, Arkive.
The recipient of the Christopher Parsons Award for Outstanding Achievement will be chosen by the Wildscreen Festival Advisory Group.
Animal Behaviour Award
For the production that best reveals insights into the behaviour of, or the interactions between, animals.
For the best overall production as judged by a panel of international children aged 12 or under.
For outstanding achievement in cinematography.
For outstanding achievement in editing.
Emerging Talent Award
In recognition of an individual or team demonstrating exceptional new talent in natural world storytelling and creative and visual flair in constructing their film.
For the best overall production that most effectively communicates an issue affecting the natural world and is intended to deliver, or has already delivered, tangible impacts as a result.
For outstanding achievement in innovation in natural world storytelling.
For outstanding achievement in the composition and use of original music.
People and Nature Award
For the production that most effectively explores the social, cultural or economic relationship between people and the natural world.
Popular Broadcast Award
For creative and imaginative treatment of compelling stories, bringing natural world storytelling to new audiences.
For the production that most effectively uses an on-screen presenter/s to engage audiences with the natural world.
For the production that best furthers human and/or audience knowledge and understanding of the natural world through scientific methodology and discovery.
For outstanding achievement in scriptwriting.
For outstanding achievement in a series about the natural world.
For the best overall short production.
For outstanding achievement in the overall use of sound.
For the best overall production that has been, or will be, theatrically released.
** Some Panda Award categories have additional criteria and special requirements, including the submission of additional supporting materials. Please read the full category descriptions in the Entry Guide before you begin your submission.