Wildlife Close Up

A stark but stunning image of a damselfly in silhouette has landed its creator with the title of British Wildlife Photographer of the year.

The shot, of the insect clinging to a dew-flecked reed, won photographer Ross Hoddinott a prize of £5,000 in the inaugural British Wildlife Photography Awards.

It was competing against an array of dazzling images which included a flock of birds amassing above a service station canopy and a deer bathed in golden dawn light.

Judge Sue Herdman, editor of the National Trust Magazine, said of the winner’s work: ‘We were looking for a winning image that stood out as the most memorable and striking.

‘Almost monochrome in tone, this beautiful silhouette is both intriguing and haunting, with a delicate composition and admirable clarity.

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Lorne Gill took this image of birds circling above a petrol station called ‘The ultimate flock’ by Lorne Gill

‘Droplets of water shimmer on the wings; a fuzz of hairs bristle from the body and, perhaps most fascinating of all, the photographer has caught the “face” of our fly which holds, in profile, a curiously human look.

‘No one viewing this photograph, we concluded, could fail to find it anything other than compelling.’

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A photo of blackbirds fighting was taken by David Slater who won the wildlife behaviour category

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3 Comments »

  1. Giulia Says:

    Beautiful photos. The first one looks like a baby monkey with wings :D

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  2. slug Says:

    The one with the birds fighting is amazing !

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  3. flashy007 Says:

    nice photos I also post beautiful photos…

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