Celebrating the best of wildlife, the Oxford Festival of Nature Photography Competition winners show the astonishing variety of nature in all its wondrous beauty.
The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust received more than 400 entries, and the judges had a tough time making their selection. The competition was generously supported by Panasonic, which offered top cameras as prizes, and Elliott Neep, one of the UK’s leading wildlife photographers, who offered a ProHides workshop to the overall winner. The winning images will be displayed at the Wild Fair on Saturday 4 June at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
Thirteen-year-old Ben Kiteley from Banbury, Oxfordshire and winner of the Under 18 category, took an exceptionally sharp image of a dark green fritillary butterfly poised on a purple pyramidal orchid in Bradenham valley, Buckinghamshire. The judges were impressed by the quality of the image, especially as butterflies can be very hard to photograph!
The Wild Places category was won by Benjamin Waller from Charlbury, Oxfordshire with a shot of sunrise through woodland near Cornbury Park on a frosty winter’s day. This black and white image also caught the attention of the Panasonic judge, who gave it a special award.
A pretty floating island of water lilies in the lake at Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire was captured by Pat Clark from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, who won the Mobile Phone category.
The My Wild Life category was won by Roy McDonald from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, with an adorable photo of a girl playing peek-a-boo among the bluebells at the Wildlife Trust’s Dancersend nature reserve near Wendover.
Mobile Phone Runners-Up: Lucy Tomkinson with 'Four spot dragonfly at Otmoor'.
My Wild Life Runners-Up: Sue Croxford with 'Playing in the stream'.
Wild Places Runners-Up: Howard Stanbury with 'Wytham Woods in the snow'.
Under 18 Runners-Up: Alex White with 'Ladybird on a carline thistle seedhead'.
Wildlife Runners-Up: Olivia Dickson with' 'Ant in a big world'.