The winners of the 51st Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London, were announced earlier this week. There were 18 individual category winners, from which the Wildlife Photographer of the Year is Canadian physician and amateur photographer Don Gutoski. His image, A tale of two foxes, was chosen from over 42,000 entries that were submitted from 96 countries.
Gutoski’s photograph was taken at Cape Churchill, where the range of the red fox and the more northern Arctic fox overlap. Jury member and National Geographic magazine’s senior editor for natural history projects, Kathy Moran said, “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.”
An exhibition of the winning photographs opens at the Natural History Museum in London tomorrow, October 16 and will go on until April 10, 2016 before going on a UK and international tour, “to inspire millions of people across the world to appreciate and conserve the natural world”. For details on how to submit your photographs for next year’s competition, go here.
Click through to see shots from 10 different categories, along with captions from the exhibition.