The Wainwright Prize, first awarded in 2014, is a literary prize that seeks to reward the best British outdoors, nature and travel writing. The prize is named in honour of Alfred Wainwright (1907-1991), the British author, illustrator and hillwalker who is most well-known for his seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, published between 1955-1966. In 2022, the Wainwright Prize was renamed the James Cropper Wainwright Prize after signing a sponsorship deal with James Cropper, a paper manufacturer based in the English Lake District.
Since 2020, The James Cropper Wainwright Prize includes two categories. There is the original category for UK nature writing, while here we present the thirteen longlisted candidates for writing on global conservation.
Previous year’s winners are Merlin Sheldrake's Entangled Life (2021) and Benedict Macdonald's Rebirding (2020).