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Discovery bags 6 of 17 awards at Wildscreen

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BRISTOL (UK): Discovery Networks has bagged six Wildscreen Panda awards at Wildscreen, the world's largest wildlife film festival.

The Discovery Channel won four awards and The Learning Channel (TLC) and Animal Planet won one award each, from the 350 odd films from 30 countries which were in the fray. TLC and Animal Planet are both first time winners of this award, says a release.

Blue Planet: Seas Of Life, the award winning eight-hour series about the Earth's marine environment, received three awards; Best Music, Best Series and The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Golden Panda Award for the best film of Wildscreen 2002 for the "Introduction" programme of the series Ocean World. The series is a co-production of the Discovery Channel and BB Worldwide.

Discovery Channel's Lion Battlefield, a drama of the African plains and the complex territorial battles between plants, insects and the great mammals, won the Parthenon Entertainment Award for Innovation. The series is co-produced by the Discovery Channel and BBC Natural History Unit.

The Panda-in-the-Pocket Award, given to out-of-the- ordinary productions that bring fresh light to the natural world but do not fit into specific categories, went to TLC for Living With Bugs: War Of Two Worlds. The two 50 minute films combine the very best macroscopic imagery with the most intimate of human stories to create a unique bug's eye view of our planet, our homes and our body, states an official release. The series is a co-production of TLC and Oxford Scientific Films and Granada Productions.

The award for Best Editing Wildlife , was bagged by Animal Planet's On One: Iguanas Living Like Dinosaurs. The series which explores the social lives of iguanas and their distinct similarities to dinosaurs, is a co-production of Animal Planet and BBC Worldwide.

Wildscreen is the world's biggest and most prestigious festival of wildlife film, television and new media. The conference and film competition has takes place in Bristol, UK, every two years since 1982. Run by The Wildscreen Trust, a registered UK charity, it is presented in association with WWF-UK (World Wide Fund for Nature).

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