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.
Previous year’s winners include 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).
For 2020, The Wainwright Prize has been extended to include a second category to cover writing about global conservation and climate change. Here we present the seven shortlisted candidates for nature writing.