Moving photo of fox in its destroyed habitat wins British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023

Mar 14, 2023

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Moving photo of fox in its destroyed habitat wins British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023

Mar 14, 2023

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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© Charlie Page/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023

The British Wildlife Photography Awards has just published the 2023 winners of its annual contest. This year, the overall winner is a gut-wrenching photo of a red fox moving through a woodland, destroyed to make way for an industrial site.

This year’s competition saw more than 13,000 images, submitted by amateur and professional photographers across Great Britain. Other than Charlie Page, who is this year’s grand prize winner, there are many more category winners and runner-ups showing the diverse wildlife of the isle. Let’s see them and learn more about them.

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 overall winner

Charlie Page is a 28 years old photographer based in England, where his winning image was taken. Other than the grand prize, this photo also brought him first place in the Urban Wildlife category of the contest.

About his winning image, Charlie says:

“I knew this area was frequented by foxes, and I wanted to take an image with the industrial backdrop to show the devastation caused to this local woodland that the fox calls home. I hope that wildlife photographers aren’t faced with similar scenes in years to come.”

british wildlife photographer of the year winner
© Charlie Page/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023

The RSPB Young British Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2023

This year’s Young British Wildlife Photographer of the Year was awarded to Billy Evans-Freke for his image of a tawny owlet resting in a tree. This year, the award is supported by the RSPB with the aim of encouraging young people to get involved with nature.

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 owl
© Billy Evans-Freke/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023

There were three age groups in the young competition: 11 and under, 12-14 years, and 15-17 years. Billy’s image won the 15-17 age category of the contest, while Wilbur King and Felix Walker-Nix won the other two.

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 bug
© Wilbur King/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; 11 and under category winner
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 hare
© Felix Walker-Nix/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; 12-14 years category winner

Category winners

Photographers competed in ten different categories in the adult competition: Animal Behaviour, Animal Portraits, Botanical Britain, Black & White, British Seasons, Coast & Marine, Habitat, Hidden Britain, Urban Wildlife, and Wild Woods. As I mentioned, Charlie Page’s fox image won the Urban Wildlife category, and in this section, we bring you the rest of the category winners, as well as runner-ups.

Take a look at the images below, and if you like images in a tangible form, I have good news. All awarded images are published by Bird Eye Books in a hard-back coffee-table book, which is now available on the contest’s website, with a foreword by Dame Judi Dench.

British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023
© James Roddie/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; winner Animal Behaviour
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 pike
© Robert Cuss/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; runner-up Animal Behaviour
British wildlife photography awards 2023 fox
© Lewis Newman/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; winner Animal Portraits
British wildlife photography awards 2023 bee
© Ed Phillips/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; runner-up Animal Portraits
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023 flowrs
© Matt Doogue/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; Botanical Britain winner
British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023droplet
© Geraint Radford/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; Botanical Britain runner-up
British wildlife photography awards 2023 bw
© Matthew Turner/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; Black & White winner
British wildlife photography awards 2023 birds
© Paula Cooper/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; Black & White runner-up
British wildlife photography awards 2023 blue
© Henley Spiers/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; Coast & Marine winner
British wildlife photography awards 2023 underwater
© Kirsty Andrews/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; © Coast & Marine runner-up
British wildlife photography awards 2023 landscape
© Neil McIntyre/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; Habitat winner
British wildlife photography awards 2023 habitat
© Peter Bartholomew/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; Habitat runner-up
British wildlife photography awards 2023b honey bees
© John Waters/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; Hidden Britain winner
British wildlife photography awards 2023 close up
© Will Atkins/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; Hidden Britain runner-up
British wildlife photography awards 2023 urban
© Matthew Cattell/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; Urban Wildlife runner-up
British wildlife photography awards 2023 wild woods
© Philip Selby/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; Wild Woods winner
British wildlife photography awards 2023 urban wild woods fog
© Graham Niven/British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023; Wild Woods runner-up

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Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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2 responses to “Moving photo of fox in its destroyed habitat wins British Wildlife Photography Awards 2023”

  1. Martin Gillette Avatar
    Martin Gillette

    Well, I haven’t read the article but this looks like a composite to me. The fox kind of looks AI. The back ground looks like a photo where the tree stump is the subject. It’s the thing that is in focus!! The fox isn’t that sharp. Even if this is a true photo it shouldn’t have won anything. The trunk is more in focus than the actual subject.

    1. PGHimage Avatar
      PGHimage

      I agree – the fox eyes and fur are suggesting to me that its a composite at best and probably AI at least for the fox. For something being ‘destroyed for construction’, the tree was obviously cut down quite a while ago and vegetation has grown for a while behind the tree. Power lines that run directly overhead are not going to be allowed for construction due to right-of-way offsets.