Pick your fieldsports favourites across 16 categories at the Great British Shooting Awards 2022

The shortlists are now in so it’s over to you, the voting public, to pick the winners for the Great British Shooting Awards 2022, which returns for its fourth year. The Awards aim to give recognition to the products, organisations and people that make our industry tick. From cartridges to clothing or scopes to shotguns, they represent excellence in every corner of the market. We have received hundreds of nominations and, thanks to our dedicated judging panel, we have whittled the competition down to only five shortlisted entries per category. For 15 of the 16 categories the winner will by picked by you, the shooting public; this includes rifles, ammunition, optics, night vision and thermal, as well as the gamekeeper and stalker of the year.

Last year you selected the Duke of Northumberland for the Outstanding Contribution to Conservation Award, his multiple projects including improving habitats for red squirrels and grey partridges on his Northumberland estate. Stalker of the Year went to our own Chris Dalton for the third consecutive year, while Paul Childerley took Gamekeeper of the Year. A special Lifetime Achievement Award went to Charles Nodder of the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation for his tireless work on behalf of shooting. Many brands, including Härkila, Sako, Hull Cartridge, CZ and Beretta, were recognised, too.

You can cast your vote straight away as the Awards opened today, 1 January 2022. Once voting has closed on 31 January 2022, the independent judges will adjudicate, with the results announced on 18 February 2022.

2022 SHORTLISTS

Here are the 2022 shortlists, listed alphabetically but otherwise in no special order

AIRGUN OF THE YEAR

  • Air Arms S510T Tactical
  • Anschutz 9015
  • FX Impact M3 Black .22
  • Walther Rotex RM8 UC Ultra Compact
  • Weihrauch HW110 Grey Laminate

GAMEKEEPER OF THE YEAR

Recognising the work done by gamekeepers at the coalface of land management every day, who demonstrate the link between shooting and conservation, regardless of the size
of the estate or type of shooting.

  • Alan Edwards – Bywell
  • Garry Whitfield – Northumberland Estate
  • John Queen – Linhope Estate
  • Mark Fitzer – Holkham
  • Scott Mackenzie – Isle of Skye

GUNDOG TRAINER OF THE YEAR

Recognising the greatest contribution to the world of gundog trainers, with a focus on working in the field rather than trialling.

  • Anthea Shelley – Brockhills Dog Training
  • Charlie Thorburn – Mordor Gundogs
  • Ellena Swift
  • Jason Mayhew – Jason Mayhew Gundog Training
  • Ricky Ross Moloney – Ribblesdale Labradors

INNOVATIVE PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

A category that rewards innovative products in the shooting market. Ammunition, apparel, optics, firearms, accessories and products not covered in any other category are eligible – as long as they have caused a stir. We’re looking for products that are set to play a big part in the future of fieldsports.

  • Beretta Ultraleggero
  • BOG DeathGrip Carbon Fibre Tripod
  • Pro Ferrum Gun Care Fluid
  • Shooting Star Bio Ammo
  • Sightmark Wraith 4K Mini

NIGHT VISION PRODUCT OF THE YEAR (OVER £1,500)

  • ATN Mars LT Ultra Light Thermal Rifle Scope
  • Pard SA45 LRF Thermal Rifle Scope
  • Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 Pro Thermal Monocular
  • Steiner H35 Steiner Nighthunter Thermal HandHeld
  • Zeiss DTI 3/35

NIGHT VISION PRODUCT OF THE YEAR (UNDER £1,500)

  • ATN X-Sight LTV Smart Day/Night Digital Hunting Rifle Scope
  • Liemke Keiler-13 Pro Thermal Monocular
  • NiteVizor HUD-X150 Heads-up-display Rifle Scope
  • Pard NV007A
  • Sightmark Wraith HD 4-32x Day Night vision Rifle Scope

OPTICS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR (OVER £1,000)

  • Leica Geovid 3200.com Rangefinder Binoculars
  • Leupold VX-5HD 2-10X42 Rifle Scope
  • Meopta MeoStar B1 Plus 10x42HD Binoculars
  • Nightforce NX8 4-32×50 F2 Rifle Scope
  • Swarovski Z8i 2.3-18×56 Rifle Scope

OPTICS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR (UNDER £1,000)

  • Bushnell Fusion X 10×42 Ranging Binocular
  • Element Optics Helix 6-24×50 SFP Rifle Scope
  • Hawke Sidewinder 30 FFP 4-16×50
  • Leupold BX-4 Pro Guide HD 10×42 Binocular
  • Zeiss Conquest V4 4-16×44 Rifle Scope

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO CONSERVATION

This recognises anyone, based either in the UK or abroad, who has been at the forefront of population-level conservation efforts for huntable quarry species or otherwise. We’re looking specifically for people who put their own time and resources into conservation.

  • Chris Abbott
  • Jake Fiennes
  • Mike Swan
  • Philip Merricks
  • Theresa Dent CBE

PROFESSIONAL STALKER OF THE YEAR

For an outstanding UK-based stalker with all species and parts of the country considered equally, who provides good PR for shooting, always puts a smile on clients’ faces and knows that deer management is about much more than pulling a trigger.

  • Bill Mearns –Tulchan of Glenisla
  • Chris Dalton
  • Graeme Thompson – South Ayrshire Stalking
  • Jim Riley
  • Paul Childerley – Childerley Sporting

RETAILER OF THE YEAR

Whether a newcomer or an industry stalwart, this is for the retailer who’s gone the extra mile for customers and presents products in the best light. Any retailer who sells shooting equipment, accessories or apparel is accepted. There is no shortlist for this category, which is chosen by open vote.

RIFLE OF THE YEAR

  • Beretta BRX1
  • Bergara B14R Trainer
  • CZ 457 Thumbhole
  • Ruger Precision
  • Tikka T3x Super Varmint Cerakote

RIFLE AMMUNITION OF THE YEAR

  • Federal V-Max
  • Hornady GMX range
  • Norma .308 Nosler 150gr Polymer Tip
  • RWS Evo Green .308 Win
  • Sellier & Bellot eXergy Blue

SHOOTING APPAREL OF THE YEAR

  • Aigle Parcours 2 ISO Boots
  • Deerhunter Mallard
  • Härkila Retrieve Jacket
  • Schöffel Ptarmigan Extreme II
  • Seeland Woodcock Advanced Ladies’ Jacket

SHOTGUN OF THE YEAR

  • Benelli M2 Speed
  • Beretta Ultraleggero
  • Browning B525 Game Laminate
  • Perazzi High Tech S Game
  • Rizzini BR 552

SHOTGUN AMMUNITION OF THE YEAR

  • BioAmmo Blue
  • Federal Premium Black Cloud
  • Gamebore Black Gold Dark Storm with Quad Seal
  • Hull Cartridge High Pheasant Extreme Hydrowad
  • Lyalvale Express Ultimate Steel

 


THE SPONSORS

Headline sponsor 

Ceremony sponsor

 

Gamekeeper of the Year sponsor

 

 

Outstanding contribution to conservation sponsor

 

Rifle of the Year sponsor



Retailer of the Year sponsor



Stalker of the Year sponsor



Shotgun of the Year sponsor


 

 

The Awards will once again be supported by headline sponsor Pulsar, as well as associate sponsor and ceremony venue The British Shooting Show

From cartridges to clothing, scopes to shotguns, the Great British Shooting Awards represents every corner of the market. Dedicated categories will showcase the achievements of the people who’ve really had a positive effect on the industry, whether in the fields of retail, gamekeeping and conservation.

When can you vote?

The 2022 Great British Shooting Awards voting is open now 

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Last year’s winners

In 2021 the following individuals and companies won in the various categories:

Shooting apparel of the year – Harkila Pro Hunter jacket
Rifle ammunition of the year –  Sako Powerhead Blade 
Shotgun ammunition of the year – Hull Cartridge High Pheasant Extreme
Optics product of the year – over £1,000 – Nightforce NX8 Rifle scope 
Optics product of the year – under £1,000 – Hawke Sidewinder Rifle scope
Night vision product of the year – Pard NV008P Night Vision Rifle scope
Rifle of the year – CZ 457 
Airgun of the year – Air Arms Ultimate Sporter R
Shotgun of the year – Beretta 694
Retailer of the year – Sportsman Gun Centre
Gamekeeper of the year – Paul Childerley 
Professional stalker of the year – Chris Dalton 
Outstanding contribution to conservation – Duke of Northumberland 
Innovative product of the year – The Original Clone Gundog Dummy
Lifetime achievement – Charles Nodder

 

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Pulsar

Pulsar returns as The Great British Shooting Awards main sponsor for the third year running. Pulsar is well known as a leader in both thermal and night vision and has had fast success in the field since its beginnings in 1991, producing wooden draw tube telescopes in 1991. Now, with over 1,000 employees, eight facilities in seven countries and an international network of distributors, including the exclusive UK distributor, Thomas Jacks, Pulsar is recognised as a leading global manufacturer of consumer thermal imaging, digital and image intensified devices.