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.
In 2020, The James Cropper Wainwright Prize was extended to include a second category to cover writing on global conservation, while here we present the twelve longlisted candidates for UK nature writing.
Previous year’s winners are James Aldred's Goshawk Summer (2022) James Rebanks's English Pastoral (2021), Dara McAnulty's Diary of a Young Naturalist (2020), Robert Macfarlane's Underland (2019), Adam Nicolson's The Seabird's Cry (2018), John Lewis-Stempel's Where Poppies Blow (2017), Amy Liptrot’s The Outrun (2016), John Lewis-Stempel’s Meadowland (2015) and Hugh Thomson’s The Green Road Into The Trees (2014).