THE spectacular British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition has returned to Nunnington Hall. Created in 2009, the awards celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife.

Winning images are chosen from thousands of entries in 15 separate categories, including one for film and two junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

Chris Packham, TV presenter and naturalist, said: “Each year the British Wildlife Photography Awards generates an incredible catalogue of splendid, exciting, imaginative and artistic images, proving beyond doubt that we have the richest palette of life to celebrate in our own backyard.

“Anyone passionate about protecting and preserving wildlife will be inspired by the British Wildlife Photography Awards, which has done more than any other award to raise the profile of British wildlife”

To celebrate the return of the exhibition to Nunnington Hall and to mark the Bank Holiday later this month, visitors can get closer to nature with organised activities for the whole family to participate in. "Nature @ Nunnington" will take place on Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28.

Laura Kennedy, visitor experience manager at Nunnington Hall, said: “As well as the fantastic exhibition to enjoy, we’re looking forward to welcoming to visitors to Nunnington to get hands on with nature.

“From bug hunting and bird box making to seeing inside a bee hive, we have some fun activities to help kids kick start your nature adventure.

"We’ll also be joined by the education team from Lion Learner, who will be visiting to ask one very important question – will anyone be brave enough to hold a scary beast?

“From cockroaches to lizards, snakes to tarantulas, but will anybody rise to the challenge? The guys will be around all day sharing their animal knowledge and answering questions.”

The British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition of more than100 images and videos, including winning and commended entries, will be on show at Nunnington Hall until Sunday, July 15.

The hall is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.30am to 5pm, and Mondays in school holidays. For details, phone 01439 748283 or visit