BBC Wildlife Camera-trap Photo of the Year 2014 – the winners
The most prestigious camera-trap competition has been overhauled with new categories for research and photographic achievement.
This year saw a record number of entrants to BBC Wildlife Magazine’s Camera-Trap Photo of the Year competition. In five years it has grown into the world’s most prestigious recognition of the role that new technology plays in our understanding of the natural world.
“After talking to researchers and photographers, we decided to overhaul the competition,” says BBC Wildlife editor Matt Swaine. “We wanted to offer two separate awards: one for the most striking photograph, and another for the image that had done the most to advance our understanding of a species. The entries surpassed expectation.”
Our panel of experts viewed an astonishing 877 images that made the final cut. Among them were an Amur leopard discovered outside its known range in China, white-lipped peccaries displaying ingenious behaviour in Peru and a European lynx feeding on its prey in Switzerland.
“The judging process was tough, but we had an exceptional panel of judges,” adds Matt. “With photographers Mark Carwardine and Elliott Neep, scientist and mammal expert Steve Harris, the expert eye of our picture editor Wanda Sowry and the experience of Rosamund Kidman Cox, we were well equipped to take on that challenge.”
After much deliberation, the judges reached a unanimous decision in awarding the £3,000 prize to our Overall Research Winner: the image of an Iranian cheetah. We are delighted that this money will go back into research and help the funding for this project. Our thanks go to our sponsor Lowepro for supporting this award. And though competition was fierce, the striking image of a black rhino in Zambia was finally named our Overall Photography Winner.