The £5,000 prize celebrates the best books about nature, the outdoors and UK travel and is awarded annually to the book which most successfully reflects the ethos of renowned nature writer Alfred Wainwright's work, with the longlist revealed today (Wednesday 5th June) to coincide with World Environment Day.
The judging panel for the 2019 prize will be chaired, for the third year running, by TV presenter Julia Bradbury. Waterstones non-fiction buyer Clement Knox, National Trust publisher Katie Bond, Unbound publisher John Mitchinson, The Urban Birder David Lindo and creative partner for agency And Rising Anna Arnell make up the judging panel.
The prize shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 2nd July at an event at Waterstones Piccadilly. The winner will be announced on 15th August at an event in the National Trust Arena at the BBC Countryfile Live at Castle Howard, Yorkshire.