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The Oscars of the wildlife film industry, Wildscreen’s Panda Awards, were announced on Thursday 23 October 2014 at a prestigious and glittering awards ceremony.

The Panda Awards are the climax of the Wildscreen Festival, the world’s leading bi-annual natural history film event now in its 32nd year. The ceremony was presented by Patrick Aryee and Monty Halls and held at the Passenger Shed, Brunel’s Old Station, Bristol, UK.  

This year, the illustrious WWF Golden Panda Award, which is given to the best overall production went to On a River in Ireland by Crossing the Line Productions. The film also took the Script Award and shared the Panasonic Cinematography Award with Disneynature (UK) for Chimpanzee.

Presented by Wildscreen Trustee, Keith Scholey, the Outstanding Achievement Award which is given to an organisation or individual that has made a globally significant contribution to wildlife filmmaking, conservation and/or the public’s understanding of the environment went to Bristol-based John Downer.

Wildscreen Festival is the world’s leading bi-annual wildlife and environmental film event. Over 880 delegates from over 30 countries attended this year’s festival, with over 2,500 members of the public attending screenings of the nominated films throughout festival.

The full list of winners:

WWF Golden Panda Award
On a River in Ireland
Crossing the Line Productions (Ireland)

Christopher Parsons Outstanding Achievement Award
John Downer

3D Award
Enchanted Kingdom
BBC Earth Films (United Kingdom)

Against All Odds Award
Legends of the Deep - Giant Squid
An NHK, NHK Enterprises and Discovery Channel co-production in association with ZDF and ARTE (Japan and USA)

ORF Universum Animal Behaviour Award
Chimpanzee
Disneynature (United Kingdom)

Campaign Award
Tools of the Trade
WildAid and Homestead (USA)

Children's Choice Award
Deadly Pole to Pole: Arctic
CBBC, BBC and BBC Worldwide (United Kingdom)

Panasonic Cinematography Award
Shared between Chimpanzee and On a River in Ireland

Chimpanzee
Disneynature (United Kingdom)
Camera: Martyn Colbeck and Bill Wallauer

On a River in Ireland
Crossing the Line Productions (Ireland)
Camera: John Murray

Doghouse Editing Award
Shared between Leopards: 21st Century Cats and Wild Canada

Leopards: 21st Century Cats
Icon Films for BBC (United Kingdom)
Editing: Rupert Troskie

Wild Canada: Ice Edge
Brian Leith Productions & River Road Films (Canada)
Editing: Matt Meech

Environment & Conservation Award
Shark Girl
Kaufmann Productions Pty Ltd, in association with Smithsonian Channel, Terra Mater & ABC Australia (Australia)

Disneynature Innovation Award
David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive
Colossus Productions (United Kingdom)

Music Award
David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive
Colossus Productions (United Kingdom)

Icon Films Newcomer Award
Sirocco How A Dud Became A Stud
Ashwika Kapur – Centre for Science Communication (New Zealand)

BBC Earth New Media Award
Earth Unplugged Youtube Channel
BBC Earth Productions (United Kingdom)

Discovery People and Nature Award
The Bat Man of Mexico
Windfall Films (United Kingdom)

Nat Geo WILD Popular Broadcast Award
Penguins: Spy in the Huddle
John Downer Productions for BBC and Discovery Channel (United Kingdom)

Presenter Led Award
Secret of Bones
BBC & BBC Worldwide (United Kingdom)
Presenter: Ben Garrod

NHK Science Award
Your Inner Fish
Tangled Bank Studios and Windfall Films (USA)

Script Award
On a River in Ireland
Crossing the Line Productions (Ireland)

Series Award
Hebrides
Maramedia and Otter Films for BBC Scotland and ITV Studios Global Entertainment (United Kingdom)

Short Film Award
The Forgotten Home of Coffee
Kew Gardens & Lonelyleap (United Kingdom)

Films at 59 Sound Award
Hidden Kingdoms - Under Open Skies
BBC, Discovery Channel, RTL, France Televisions & CCTV9 (United Kingdom)
Sound: Tim Owens and Ben Pearce

Terra Mater Factual Studios Theatrical Award
Chimpanzee
Disneynature (United Kingdom)

Bundu Youth Award
Elephant Seals
Alex Jones – Wildlife Film Productions (USA)

Special Jury Award
Your Inner Fish
Tangled Bank Studios and Windfall Films (USA)

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