2015 Photo Competition Winners

Celebrating the best of wildlife with the Oxford Festival of Nature Photography Competition.

The Wildlife Photography Competition attracted almost 200 entries, with topics ranging from ladybirds to landscapes and sunsets. The winning photographs captured the essence of the Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves: tranquil, easy for everyone to enjoy visiting, and always full of amazing wildlife!


Roy McDonald was the overall winner of the Oxford Festival of Nature Wildlife Photography Competition with ‘Nature’s Bounty’, a superbly focused photo of a fly on a wood anemone at Finemere Wood nature reserve in Bucks. Roy’s photograph won the Wildlife category and was voted overall winner too.

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Rhea Draguisky from Oxford is the winner of the Wild Places category and overall runner-up, with her atmospheric landscape of green-winged orchids and cowslips in Bernwood Meadows nature reserve on the borders of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.


Winner of the Under 12s category is Alex White from Appleton, Oxfordshire with a stunning image of a broad-bodied chaser dragonfly taken at Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre, Didcot.


Winner of the Under 18s category is Jack McEwan from Oxford with the beautiful Buttercup Bug taken at Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre, Didcot.


Elaine Tuffery from Aston, Oxfordshire is the winner and runner-up in the My Wild Life category with her ‘I Spy at the Bird Hide’ photo of her daughter Georgia watching wildlife from the hide, and ‘Meadow Adventure’, children running through Chimney Meadows nature reserve, in west Oxfordshire.


Wild Places category 2nd place: Paved With Gold by Catherine Prior-Holt.


Wildlife category 2nd place: Blue Tit by Mel Taylor.


Wild Places category 3rd place: Snake's Head Fritilaries in Springtime by Michael Brown.


Wildlife category 3rd place: Broad bodied chaser by Nigel Smith.


Commended entry in the Wildlife category: Common blue butterflies mating by Nigel Smith.


Commended entry in the Wild Places category: Snake's head fritilary by Nicola Goddard.