This year’s winner is Roy Rimmer from Lancashire with his image ‘Woodmouse shut that door’ (above).
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.
“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.
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.
“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 society member photographer award was won by Tris Pearce who captured his image of a polecat in his friends garden in North Wales.
Find out more about the competition on The Mammal Society website.