A photograph of a stunning jellyfish, taken at the small uninhabited Scottish island of Sula Sgeir was the overall winner of the 2011 British Wildlife Photography Awards announced this week.

The tiny island is located 41 miles north of Lewis, an area which is home to exposed islands supporting an astounding variety of marine life.

According to Greg Armfield, Photography and Film Manager from WWF, the photograph of the jellyfish captured by Richard Shucksmith perfectly captures its iridescent colours and magical qualities.

All the more remarkable that it exists in U.K. waters. Fantastic, Shucksmith said in a statement.

Started in 2009, the annual awards honor the talents of both amateur and professional photographers, while highlighting the wealth and diversity of British nature.

The competition is open to all nationalities; however, the subjects must be photographed in the UK, including Great Britain, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

The winning photographs were selected in categories. There were also two special awards to young photographers, and a new award of wildlife captured on video. Here is the video:

BWPA Wildlife on Video Winner from BWPAwards on Vimeo.

Start slideshow to view the award winning photographs.