I was delighted to be asked to be one of the judges for this competition and, being a keen photographer, it is always a privilege to look and learn from other great photographers.
When Steve Magennis and I first took a look at the entries to this year’s Mammal Society Photographic Competition, not only the range of mammals depicted, but also the high standard of entries excited us both. It was a really difficult job to narrow the entries down and to choose just a few to win the great prizes on offer.
There were a selection of images that captured my eye straight away; something a little different that depicted the species in a fresh way. Also, there were some superb mammal portraits, but we were looking for shots that fitted the competition brief, ‘to show rare behavior, highlight mammals in a fragile environment or make the ordinary, extraordinary’.
After much deliberation, Steve and I settled on our winners and we hope that you agree that these are not only superb shots, but they are also highly original images, portraying the character of these mammals beautifully.... we hope you enjoy them as much as we did.