Mammal Photographer of the Year 2018

View the winning and shortlisted images from The Mammal Society annual photo contest.

Young Mammal Photographer of the Year, aged 16-18 Category Highly Commended: Red squirrel. © Joe Woods.

A panel of three judges, led by Mammal Society council member and editor of Mammal News Hilary Conlan, selected the winning images from a huge number of entries.

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The winning image was taken by James West, “This photograph was taken near the Cairns of Coll, Scotland. The sea was very calm and like a mirror. As I examined the shots afterwards, I could see not only a sharp photograph of the dolphin but also its reflection in the water, revealing a beautiful creature in motion with tremendous power and grace.”

Fiona Matthews, chair of The Mammal Society and part of the judging team, said “We are always enormously excited about the prospect of viewing the entries for the Mammal Photographer of the Year competition. The standard has consistently been very high and this year was no exception. There are some remarkable photographs here and it is a great opportunity for us all to see the diversity and beauty of British mammals.”

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To view the images as a slideshow, click on the arrows in the top right hand corner of the photos below.

Mammal Photographer of the Year Overall Winner: Common dolphin in flight. © James West.
Mammal Photographer of the Year Overall Winner: Common dolphin in flight. © James West.
Mammal Society Member Photograph Winner: Grey seal pup waving. © Graeme Hull.
Mammal Society Member Photograph Winner: Grey seal pup waving. © Graeme Hull.
Mammal Comedian of the Year Category Winner: Fox in snow. © Helen Mathias.
Mammal Comedian of the Year Category Winner: Fox in snow. © Helen Mathias.
Young Mammal Photographer of the Year, aged 16-18 Category Winner: Sunset fox. © Gideon Knight.
Young Mammal Photographer of the Year, aged 16-18 Category Winner: Sunset fox. © Gideon Knight.
Young Mammal Photographer of the Year, aged 15 and under Category Winner: Against the wind. © Katy Read.
Young Mammal Photographer of the Year, aged 15 and under Category Winner: Against the wind. © Katy Read.
Mammal Photographer of the Year Overall Runner up: Deer stag. © Alastair Marsh.
Mammal Photographer of the Year Overall Runner up: Deer stag. © Alastair Marsh.
Mammals of the UK Highly Commended Category Highly Commended: Wild boar. © Nick Gate.
Mammals of the UK Highly Commended Category Highly Commended: Wild boar. © Nick Gate.
Mammals of the UK Category Highly Commended: Mountain hare. © Shane Stanbridge.
Mammals of the UK Category Highly Commended: Mountain hare. © Shane Stanbridge.
Mammals of the UK Category Highly Commended: Letting it all hang out. © Paul Dibben.
Mammals of the UK Category Highly Commended: Letting it all hang out. © Paul Dibben.
Mammals of the UK Category Highly Commended: Red deer in snowy Caledonian forest. © Daphne Wong.
Mammals of the UK Category Highly Commended: Red deer in snowy Caledonian forest. © Daphne Wong.
Mammals of the UK Category Highly Commended: Kiss me quick. © Sarah Darnell.
Mammals of the UK Category Highly Commended: Kiss me quick. © Sarah Darnell.
Mammals of the UK Category Highly Commended: Hedgehog. © Alick Simmons.
Mammals of the UK Category Highly Commended: Hedgehog. © Alick Simmons.
Mammals of the UK Category Highly Commended: Grey seal. © Melissa Nolan.
Mammals of the UK Category Highly Commended: Grey seal. © Melissa Nolan.
Mammals of the UK Category Highly Commended: Mountain hare. © Robin Backhouse.
Mammals of the UK Category Highly Commended: Mountain hare. © Robin Backhouse.
Mammals of the UK Category Highly Commended: Fox cub. © Helen Mathias.
Mammals of the UK Category Highly Commended: Fox cub. © Helen Mathias.
Young Mammal Photographer of the Year, aged 16-18 Category Highly Commended: Red squirrel. © Joe Woods.
Young Mammal Photographer of the Year, aged 16-18 Category Highly Commended: Red squirrel. © Joe Woods.
Young Mammal Photographer of the Year, aged 16-18 Category Highly Commended: Autumn squirrel. © Lauren Smewing.
Young Mammal Photographer of the Year, aged 16-18 Category Highly Commended: Autumn squirrel. © Lauren Smewing.
oung Mammal Photographer of the Year, aged 15 and under Category Highly Commended: Wood mouse and woodlouse. © Alex White.
Young Mammal Photographer of the Year, aged 15 and under Category Highly Commended: Wood mouse and woodlouse. © Alex White.
Young Mammal Photographer of the Year, aged 15 and under Category Highly Commended: Squirrel's eye view. © Katy Read.
Young Mammal Photographer of the Year, aged 15 and under Category Highly Commended: Squirrel’s eye view. © Katy Read.
Young Mammal Photographer of the Year, aged 15 and under Category Highly Commended: Roe deer in the evening sun. © Alex White.
Young Mammal Photographer of the Year, aged 15 and under Category Highly Commended: Roe deer in the evening sun. © Alex White.