Winners of the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2012
Here are some spectacular photos from the winning entries to the British Wildlife Photography Awards. Now in their fourth year, the awards celebrate our native animals in their natural habitats and attract thousands of entrants from across the UK.
Overall winner Matt Doggett took this stunning picture of gannets diving for food.
Behaviour winner: Amanda Hayes: Herring gull and puffin, Northumberland; ‘Over a week I’d tried to photograph gulls stealing sand eels from the mouths of puffins,’ says Amanda. ‘The gull grabbed the puffin’s neck and lifted it high. Luckily for the puffin, it managed to wriggle free’
Adult Little Owl in the Falling Rain by Craig Churchill, taken in Adderbury, Oxfordshire, England (Highly commended in Portrait category)
Seasons winner: Jules Cox: Mountain hare, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland: Says Jules; ‘I found this old female hare high on a hillside not far from the path, sitting out the adverse weather. She was perfectly relaxed, allowing me to photograph her’
Habitat winner: Alexander Mustard: Grey seal in underwater cave, Lundy Island, Devon; ‘I saw a seal swim through this colourful cave and so I waited…’ says Alexander. ‘About every 20 minutes one would come along.
Dive Dive Dive by Dale Sutton, taken in Battle, East Sussex, England (Highly commended in Habitat category).
Urban winner: Phil Jones: Starlings watching starlings, Aberystwth Pier, Ceredigion, Wales; ‘Starlings roost under the pier every autumn and put on a great aerial display at night,’ says Phil. ‘I wanted something a little different, so focused on the perched birds looking out to sea. But it still took several visits to get the shot’.