I’m delighted to be able to say that one of my photos has been selected for a Commended Award in the Behaviour: Mammals category for the 2012 Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The email arrived a few months ago that my image Snow Pounce had been successful, but of course the news was under strict embargo until now. And what a long three and a half months it’s been! (and the penny may drop with some of you now why I recently had my Portfolio site redesigned and updated)
Snow Pounce was one of the photos from a sequence that I took of a red fox mousing in Yellowstone National Park back in 2010. Regular readers may well remember the sequence, although this particular frame I didn’t look at as the best at the time, instead concentrating on another frame. However, I did have a niggle that this was the quirkiest of the bunch (and indeed several others had pointed this out too) so decided this year to enter it. And thankfully, it was the right decision!
ABOUT THE COMPETITION
The highly prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition (or WPOTY) receives tens of thousands of entries, all vying for inclusion in the exhibition and accompanying portfolio book, not to mention wanting to be in with a chance of winning the hugely sought after title of overall winner. Each year sees only 100 incredibly inspiring photos on display produced by wildlife photographers from all over the world, some of which have deservedly been featured in the exhibition many times over the years, and so I feel honoured (and not to mention humbled) that my fourth time entering the competition has seen me included as one of awarded photographers out of the 48,000 entries received for the 2012 competition.
I’m very much looking forward to attending the awards ceremony dinner at the Natural History Museum in London and seeing Snow Pounce in the exhibition and 2012 competition book, Portfolio 22, for the first time!
You can view see a preview of the 50 Commended and Highly Commended images, as well as find out information about the the exhibition and book are launched on the 19th October, here on the NHM website.