Winners of Mammal Photographer of the Year 2019 announced

The winning images from the Mammal Society’s annual photography competition 2019 have been revealed.

MPOY Winner: Woodmouse shut that door. © Roy Rimmer/The Mammal Society

This year’s winner is Roy Rimmer from Lancashire with his image ‘Woodmouse shut that door’ (above).

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Roy has said how he bribed the mouse into the perfect position using chocolate spread to get this unique photograph.

“This image stood out for me as soon as I set eyes on it. It’s great to see an under-represented species so creatively captured,” says Peter Cairns, one of the judges of this year’s competition.

“The lighting is spot on and, perhaps more importantly, there’s a story delivered with a splash of humour.”

Runner up with ‘Minke meniscus’ was Carl Chapman, who took his stunning shot off of Ardnamurchan Peninsula in Scotland.

MOPY Runner-up: Minke meniscus. © Carl Chapmamn/The Mamman Society
MOPY Runner-up: Minke meniscus. © Carl Chapmamn/The Mamman Society

“Carl’s photograph works really well with the completely smooth silky look of the water but clearly a giant underneath,” says chief judge Hilary Conlan.

The young photographer of the year 15 and under category winner was Katy Read from Newcastle on Tyne for the second year running, who managed to get her shot while on holiday on the Isle of Mull.

Young MOPY aged 15 and under: Hide and seek. © Katy Read/The Mammal Society
Young MOPY aged 15 and under: Hide and seek. © Katy Read/The Mammal Society

Wildlife photographer Brett Lewis says of Katy’s photograph, “Katy has captured the inquisitive nature of the otter as it peeks through the bladder-wrack seaweed, which in turn provides a sense of place and purpose.”

First prize in the 16 to 18 category went to 17 year old William Evans from Shropshire who managed to get his photograph just before his subject darted off.

Young MOPY (16-18 years): Brown hare. © Williams Evan/The Mammal Society
Young MOPY (16-18 years): Brown hare. © Williams Evan/The Mammal Society

“The hare is aware of the photographer’s presence and it would seem that William has managed to capture an image just before the hare darts off across the field,” says Brett Lewis. “A fleeting moment in natural history recording.”

The mammal comedian prize winner was selected by a vote on social media.

The winning image was of Richard Compion’s photograph of a bored mountain hare with an impressive 58 per cent of the vote.

Mammal Comedian Winner: Bored mountain hare. © Richard Campion/The Mammal Society
Mammal Comedian Winner: Bored mountain hare. © Richard Camption/The Mammal Society

Mammal society member photographer award was won by Tris Pearce who captured his image of a polecat in his friends garden in North Wales.

Mammal Society Member's Photograph Winner: Polecat. © Tris Pearce/The Mammal Society
Mammal Society Member’s Photograph Winner: Polecat. © Tris Pearce/The Mammal Society
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Find out more about the competition on The Mammal Society website.