Author Vicky Whitaker
A fantastic photo of an urban fox sitting in the snow by Paul Robards from North Lancing, has been voted as the overall winner of the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s photographic competition ‘Rain or Shine.’
"I took the pictures during the heavy snow that we experienced earlier this year, at a distance of approx. 35-40 feet. I took a series of the fox coming out and exploring in the snow. I do not think that he had seen snow before.
I have always been interested in photography, I used to go out over the downs and fields ‘wildlife spotting’ as a teenager, I used to come back excitedly telling my parents what I had seen. A little owl, or a lesser spotted woodpecker. But I thought I was so close, if I had a camera I could record what I had seen and share the experience with others. So I purchased a long telephoto lens and even a mirror lens (which used to include lots of ‘doughnuts’ in the picture) to capture the images."
Paul is the wildlife co-ordinator at Broadwater Cemetery in Worthing and a member of the Sussex Wildlife Trust.
Paul’s photo will appear as December’s calendar image and he also receives a cash prize of Ł150 donated by The Ecology Consultancy.
The runner-up was an image of a comma butterfly by Kutub Uddin, photographed in sunny Bognor. Kutub's prize is a wildlife photography course donated by David Plummer Images.
Kutub enjoys the challenge of macro insect photography.
Madeleine Louise Ewins scooped third place with her beech leaves photo. "I took the photo when I was out walking, I was looking up above me at the trees as I noticed the sun coming through, I wanted to capture the light in a creative way so zoomed in a little and focused on the middle branch."
Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s competition and the 900 people who voted to decide the winner.
Sussex Wildlife Trust’s photography competition, which this year celebrated wildlife and Britain’s ever-changing weather, received a record number of entries. The 12 shortlisted images feature in a free 2014 online calendar available to download in December from www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk