In pictures: Britain’s very best wildlife images

A STRIKING image of seabirds nesting on cliffs and flying over an inky-black sea has scooped the top prize in the British Wildlife Photography Awards.

The stunning overall winner of the competition, an aerial shot of seabirds against an inky black sea. Picture: PA

Barrie Williams, from Lossiemouth, Moray, beat thousands of entries to win the overall prize of £5,000 with a photograph of gannets in the Shetland Isles, described as “beautiful and evocative” by the judges.

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Extraordinary close-ups of fairy moss and a tiny mite walking over a frog’s head, pictures of sunlight streaming through woods, a common lizard on a tree and a gang of starlings looking menacing in a London car park were among the winning photographs.

Prizes were awarded in 16 categories, including for a documentary series of pictures won with photos about dealing with toads on roads in the North York Moors National Park.