This year’s Wildlife Photographer Of The Year has been taken out by a doctor/amateur photographer from Canada.
Don Gutoski’s image, Tale of two foxes, is described as a beautiful but haunting portrait of the struggle for life in the subarctic Cape Churchill in Canada.
“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.”
Don Gutoski / Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2015
The image beat more than 42,000 entries from 96 different countries to become the competition’s overall winner.
“The immediate impact of this photograph is that it appears as if the red fox is slipping out of its winter coat,” says National Geographic magazine’s senior editor Kathy Moran. “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.”
See more winning images here.
Wildlife Photographer Of The Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London.
For more information about the competition and exhibition, click here.