Online photography platform becfair It announced the winners of the 2022 Urban Wildlife Photography Awards, which celebrate the photographs of those who took refuge to document their local wildlife when travel restrictions were in effect.
Wilderness finds its way into urban areas
The free photography competition has received over 6000 entries from amateur and professional photographers from all over the world. The photos submitted included moments captured of wild animals in urban areas such as Melbourne, San Francisco, London, Toronto, Miami, and more.
During the height of the pandemic, wildlife found its way into quiet urban centers, seizing the opportunity to explore previously inaccessible areas. At the same time, this gave photographers an opportunity to document unique scenes of urban wildlife
Picfair has also seen the trend on its platform, having quadrupled the number of urban wildlife photos submitted since 2019. Likewise, City Nature Challenge One of the world’s largest urban wildlife databases recorded a record 1.2 million observations in 2021.
Awards included four categories – Nightlife, Daylighting, Fancy Seeing You Here, and an overall winner. The overall winner’s prize included a Nikon Z 6II, 24-70mm set, lifetime Picfair Plus subscriptions, and a framed print of his submitted photo. Category winners were awarded an array of photography accessories, MBP vouchers, and other prizes.
Andrew Entresano was crowned the overall winner for capturing two late-night coyotes on the streets of Ontario, Canada as shown above. The image is titleddate in the eveningAt first, Interisano thought his car had caught the attention of the wolves, but soon saw them direct their attention to another group of coyotes howling in the distance.
“I stopped the car, turned off the engine, and frantically went to work with the camera…However, in the rush of that moment, I quickly had to put the camera aside and dive into the scene,” Interisano says.
Affected by the epidemic, American biologist Austin Montero won the nightlife category with a photo of a rat emerging from the sewers of a city in Mexico, titled “Life after sewageMontero has had to stay in a small town for the past two years, which has led him to come across many animals that use different parts of the town.
“I was surprised to see how many urban structures are used by so many types,” he says. “They take shelter under bridges, navigate canals, or nest along roads. But usually, we don’t notice it.”
Hungarian zoologist Manu Alichki captured the winning “Daylight” photo during a vacation in Italy. The image is titledWindow on the salt potShows a flamingo feeding and walking within a wooden frame in a dam on a salt pot, creating a unique composition.
Fancy seeing you here
Canadian photographer Jill Finney won the hearts of the public with his photograph of a raccoon in a valley near a subway station, titled “litter panda. His photo was selected as the category winner based on a public vote on social media.
“I’ve dreamed of photographing wildlife since I was a kid and started photographing in earnest only around age 50, during the covid closure when I decided it was time to fulfill my Natgeo dreams, even if they were just squirrels in my ‘backyard,'” Vinny says.
The other finalists
The judging panel consisted of Picfair’s Chief Content Officer Philip Mowbray and the guest judges – professional wildlife photographer Melissa Groff, US, Andrew Podziak, Canada, and Will Burrard Lucas, UK, as well as writer and urban wildlife author Florence Wilkinson from the UK.
Image credits: All images are individually credited and provided courtesy of Picfair.