An evocative and eye-catching image of seabirds on a dramatic cliff overlooking a dark sea was awarded the top prize in the Annual British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015.

On The Edge photographed by Barrie WilliamsThis year’s BWPA winner – On The Edge by Barrie Williams

Now in its sixth year, the competition serves as a showcase of the majesty and beauty of Britain’s native fauna and the artistry, patience, skill and creativity of its photographers.

On The Edge, Northern Gannets, Noss, Shetland Isles, by Scotland’s Barrie Williams was selected by a panel of 11 judges as the overall winner from thousands of entries.

Roe deer in the snowA pair of roe deer Capreolus standing in the snow by Kevin Sawford

Williams was inspired by what he refers to as a “seabird orchestra which looked like stars against the dark backdrop of the sea”.

Pink-footed Geese in Mist by Terry Whittaker

The winning image, along with a selection of highly commended entries, were recently exhibited in Pall Mall near London’s Buckingham Palace and Royal Horse Guards Parade at the Mall Galleries. The gallery’s aim is to promote, inspire and educate people about contemporary visual arts.

Bokeh Frog by Kyle Moore

Fairy MossFairy Moss by Tim Hunt

London Starling Gang photographed by Tomos BrangwynLondon Starling Gang by Tomos Brangwyn

by Don Carlo

Visit here to see 2015’s winning images for yourself.  The book,  British Wildlife Photography Awards: Collection 6, is available for purchase.

More about the Mall Galleries is available from this link