A curious fox, a posing seal and a rolling hare are just some of the winning pics from amateur photo competition, Mammal Photographer of the Year.
The winners of the Mammal Society’s annual photographic competition have been announced today and the first prize has been claimed by amateur photographer Roger Cox from East London.
Roger says of his stunning image “Foxhall Zafira” “This animal often foraged for the wild cherries that fell from the trees and landed in the wells between the bonnets and windscreens of parked cars. It was also used to getting food from people who threw food out of their car windows at night during the early hours. I took this picture…when it jumped up on my car to investigate if there was anything of interest for it, as I’d seen it do several times before.”
“Shooting photographs through the windscreen of the car is tricky given the angle of the glass but with a fox so close it helps keep the viewer focused on this encounter.” said this year’s Head Judge, ecologist and professional photographer Brett Lewis ”Sometimes photographs like these get overlooked when we return home and look through them on the big screen and many never make it as far as competition entries but Roger made a bold choice and the rewards are deserved.”
Roger’s photograph impressed the judges so much that it also won the Mammal Society Member’s Award, open to photographers who have joined the Society. Roger wins a bat photography masterclass together with a £100 photographic printing voucher courtesy of CEWE.
This snap of a daring fox on a car windscreen won the main prize. It was taken by Roger Cox from London and it’s called Foxhall Zafira after the Vauxhall car the fox had jumped onto! Roger says the animal often jumps on cars to find wild cherries which have dropped from the trees.
“I took this picture…when it jumped up on my car to investigate if there was anything of interest for it, as I’d seen it do several times before,” he said.
Mammal Comedian Award winner: Grey Seal by Philip Ryan. (Photo by Philip Ryan/Mammal Photographer of the Year 2020)
Elusive Mammal Category winner: Breaching Common Dolphin by Dan Lettice. (Photo by Dan Lettice/Mammal Photographer of the Year 2020)
Young Mammal Photographer of the Year, aged 14 and under category winner: Grey Squirrel Peeking by Dylan Jenkins. (Photo by Dylan Jenkins/Mammal Photographer of the Year 2020)
Mammal Photographer of the Year Runner Up: Rolling Mountain Hare by Kate MacRae. (Photo by Kate MacRae/Mammal Photographer of the Year 2020)
Highly commended: Otter by Sam Llewellyn. (Photo by Sam Llewellyn/Mammal Photographer of the Year 2020)
Highly commended: Red Fox by Becca Fulcher. (Photo by Becca Fulcher/Mammal Photographer of the Year 2020)
Highly commended: Bottlenose Dolphin by Charlie Phillips. (Photo by Charlie Phillips/Mammal Photographer of the Year 2020)
Highly commended: Mountain Hare Cairngorms by Sorcha Lewis. (Photo by Sorcha Lewis/Mammal Photographer of the Year 2020)