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05/09/2016, 17:27

Top prize for the image of young fish hiding in giant jellyfish tentacles

A stunning image of a Lion's mane jellyfish swimming off the coast of Scotland has claimed the top prize

Thousands of spectacular pictures were entered for the prestigious British Wildlife Photography Awards

But the entries have now been whittled down to 15 award winners after capturing the best of British nature 

A spectacular neon image of one of the world's largest jellyfish swimming through the ocean off the coast of Scotland has won the overall prize at the British Wildlife Photography Awards. 

Thousands of entries were finally whittled down to 15 award winners in the prestigious event, which captures the best of British nature.

The selection of images includes Jamie Mina's mountain hare, reminiscent of Watership Down in the Scottish highlands, and Jacqueline Spindley's close-up photograph of a cluster of spiders on a web. 

Overall winner George Stoyle will receive £5,000 for his remarkable rainbow image of a Lion's mane jellyfish, which he took whilst scuba diving. 

He said: 'At the end of one of the dives I was swimming back to the boat when I came face to 'face' with the largest jellyfish I've ever encountered. A number of juvenile fish had taken refuge inside the stinging tentacles.' 

An adorable season-based series of a common weasel emerging from its burrow across the seasons, from a coating of snow to emerging with a tiny kit in the summer, won Robert E Fuller the British Seasons award. 

George Stoyle captured the moment a school of fish took refuge in the tentacles of a Lion's mane jellyfish off the coast of Scotland. The picture, entitled 'Hitchhikers', was the winner of the Coast and Marine category and the BWPA overall winner

This picture, called 'Contemplation' (a Mountain hare), was taken by Jamie Mina and was the winning photograph in the Animal Portraits category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards

Jacqueline Spindley took this photograph, called Back Garden Babies (Garden spiders), and the picture came first in the Animal Behaviour category of the prestigious awards

Robert E Fuller won the British Seasons (Summer) category with the image, also entitled 'Common Weasel'

'Common Weasel' taken by Robert E Fuller was the winning photograph in the British Seasons (Autumn) categoryMr Fuller won the British Seasons (Winter) category with this picture of a weasel in the snow - called 'Common Weasel'

This shot, entitled 'Kung Fu Puffin', was taken by Rebecca Bunce, 18, and was the winning photo in the 12-18 years category

This close-up picture, taken by Jeanette Sakel - called 'Tadpoles' - was the winning photo in the Closer to Nature category

Cygnet With Swan taken by Seren Waite, 10, was the winning photograph in the Under-12 category of the awards 

'Emergence' (a dragonfly transformation) was taken by Stephen Darlington and was the winning photograph in the Hidden Britain category of the British Wildlife Photography Awards

Chaitanya Deshpande took this picture, called 'Free Bird', which came first in the British Nature in Black and White category

 

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