From accident and emergency to the greatest nature photography show on Earth, Canadian physician takes Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 title.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 Don Gutoski
The winners of this year’s prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition were announced today at an awards ceremony held at London’s Natural History Museum. Canadian amateur photographer Don Gutoski was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 by a panel of international judges for his image Tale of two foxes, a beautiful but haunting portrait of the struggle for life in the subarctic climes of Cape Churchill, Canada.
Beating more than 42,000 entries submitted from across 96 countries, Don’s image will take centre stage at the fifty-first Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, opening at the Natural History Museum on 16 October. The acclaimed show celebrates the rich array of life on our planet, reflecting its beauty and highlighting its fragility. After its London premiere, the exhibition embarks on a UK and international tour, to inspire millions of people across the world to appreciate and conserve the natural world.
Cape Churchill is where the range of the red fox and the more northern Arctic fox overlap. ‘The Churchill guides had heard that the two species will occasionally fight, but no one we talked to had ever seen this behaviour’, says Don. ‘I first noticed the red fox hunting and interacting with some prey and on closer approach realised that prey was a white Arctic fox. By the time I got close enough to capture the event, the fight was over and the victor was feeding. I took a number of pictures of the event, until the red fox had eaten its fill, and picked up the remains to find a hiding spot for a later meal.’
One of the strongest single storytelling photographs
Jury member and National Geographic magazine’s senior editor for natural history projects, Kathy Moran says, ‘The immediate impact of this photograph is that it appears as if the red fox is slipping out of its winter coat. What might simply be a straightforward interaction between predator and prey struck the jury as a stark example of climate change, with red foxes encroaching on Arctic fox territory. The bottom line is, this image works on multiple levels. It is graphic, it captures behaviour and it is one of the strongest single storytelling photographs I have seen.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015: Don Gutoski
Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015: Ondrej Pelánek
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Winners Wildlife Photographer of The Year 2015 was last modified: January 5th, 2016 by Jurgen Sloots