Photo Story Panda Award
For the first time in our 36 year history of the Panda Awards, we are celebrating the craft of wildlife photography with the introduction of the Wildscreen Photo Story Panda Award. We want to celebrate and recognise the very best in photographic narrative, uniting it alongside the world’s very best natural world film talent. To win is to have your work judged as one of the best examples in the natural world storytelling genre by the industry's most respected and accomplished leaders. A true career highlight and a powerful launch platform for emerging photo story talent.
The full photo stories will be displayed as part of a large-scale outdoor photography exhibition in Bristol between 12 October – 8 November, and many of the nominees will be speaking at Wildscreen Festival!
Winners will be announced at the Panda Awards ceremony on Friday 19 October at The Passenger Shed, Bristol. Get your ticket here!
Doug Gimesy documents one of the largest bats in the world, The Grey-Headed Flying-fox. Rescuing the Night Gardeners raises awareness around The Grey-Headed Flying-Fox's importance as a keystone species and pollinator in the ecosystem and highlights some of the stresses they are under.
In A Complicated Conservation Story, Adrian Steirn has compiled a selection of images, taken from many different countries over the last 5 years to represent a body of work that has sought to tell every side of the story.
Ami Vitale's story Warriors Who Once Feared Elephants Now Protect Them outlines the work at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary - the first ever community-owned and run elephant sanctuary in all of Africa.
Emerging Talent Photo Story
The Panda Awards is also about celebrating the engaging voices of young photographers who we are recognising through the addition of an Emerging Talent Category!
Lifeblood by Austin Ferguson explores the story of wild salmon throughout Washington State and British Columbia, illustrating the critical role that they play in the ecosystem, while investigating some of the major causes of their decline.
Jen Guyton’s Salvaging Scavengers explores the symbiotic relationship between vultures and hyenas in Gorongoza National Park, Mozambique; highlighting the importance of this collaboration for the health of vulture populations throughout Gorongoza.
Luke Massey's High Rise Falcons follows Linda and Steve Perry, two peregrine falcons in the urban jungles and on the skyscraper ‘cliffs’ of Chicago, and the community of volunteers helping Chicago Peregrine Program to study the falcons.