Judges

Explore the 2021 Wainwright
prize judging panels

Now in its eighth year and recently described in the media as ‘the UK’s newest major literary prize’, The Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing is awarded annually to the book which most successfully inspires readers to explore the outdoors and to nurture a respect for the natural world. The judging panel will be chaired by TV presenter Julia Bradbury. Whilst, BBC Countryfile presenter; Charlotte Smith is the Chair of Judges for the Global Conservation Prize.

UK Nature Writing

Julia Bradbury Headshot

Judging Chair

Julia Bradbury

Credited with revamping Sunday night prime-time television and dubbed “Lady of the Lakes”, Julia Bradbury is one of the small screen’s most popular and versatile presenters. Although having presented many genres of programming, she is best known for her love of travel and the outdoors. Julia is co-founder of The Outdoor Guide.

The Panel

UK Nature Writing

Mark Funnell

Communications & Campaigns Director National Trust
UK Nature Writing

Ray Mears

TV Presenter & Author
UK Nature Writing

Julia Bradbury

Broadcast Presenter & UK Nature Writing Judging Chair
UK Nature Writing

Patrick Neale

Award Winning Independent Bookshop Owner, Jaffe & Neale
UK Nature Writing

Jessica J. Lee

Author & Editor of Willowherb Review

Writing on Global Conservation

Charlotte Smith Headshot

Judging Chair

Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith is a freelance broadcaster, writer and conference host – she presents BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today and has been a Countryfile presenter for more than two decades.

The Panel

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Writing on Global Conservation

Nigel Roby

Community Energy Enthusiast & Strategic Advisor
Writing on Global Conservation

Anita Longley

Chair of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Writing on Global Conservation

Rachel Woolliscroft

Sustainability Executive
Writing on Global Conservation

Dr. Craig Bennett

CEO, The Wildlife Trusts
Writing on Global Conservation

Charlotte Smith

Broadcast Presenter & Global Conservation Judging Chair

"In these difficult and uncertain times it has once again been a delight to chair the judging of the Wainwright Prize for nature writing. I don’t think there has ever been a better time to reconnect and reflect on the importance of nature in all our lives. Nature’s restorative effects are renowned and all of the selected books amplify that truth.”

Julia Bradbury

Wainwright Prize For UK Nature Writing, Judging Chair