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Winning images: Urban Wildlife Photography Awards 2022

The winners of the first Urban Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced – with an amateur photographer taking first place.

Two coyotes in an urban street at night
Published: June 28, 2022 at 5:24 pm
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An amateur photographer who works in digital advertising has won the inaugural Urban Wildlife Photography Awards for his image of two coyotes on a dimly-lit suburban street in Ontario.

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London-based photography platform Picfair organised the free-to-enter competition, which pays homage to the wild creatures living in urban spaces, which proliferated during Covid lockdowns.

More than 6,000 photographers of all skill levels entered the competition from all over the world. Finalists photos featured animals that included pigeons, squirrels, foxes and lizards at home in cities from London to Melbourne.

Picfair’s head of content Philip Mowbray was joined by guest judges that included professional wildlife photographers Melissa Groo (USA), Andrew Budziak (CAN) and Will Burrard-Lucas (UK), plus writer and urban wildlife author Florence Wilkinson (UK).

Andrew Interisano, the overall winner, explained the story behind his image 'Date Night', which captured two coyotes on an urban street at night:

“I thought it was my car that had caught their attention as I rounded the corner, and maybe it had at first, but as I rolled down the window I heard it was another group of howling coyotes that had piqued their interest. I parked, turned the engine off, and frantically went to work with the camera… however, in the rush of that moment I was soon compelled to put my camera down and soak in the scene.”

The 'Nightlife' category was won by a photograph of a rat emerging from a city sewer in Mexico, while an image of a Flamingo taken on holiday in Italy by Hungarian Zoologist Mano Aliczki won the ‘Daylight’ category. The winner of the ‘Fancy Seeing You Here’ category, which was won by public vote on social media, went to an image of a raccoon in a ravine captured by photographer Jill Finney, who only took up her dream of becoming a wildlife photographer during lockdown.

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View the full finalists and winners’ gallery on Picfair here
*All Picfair profits on print sales will go to global conservation non-profit Re:Wild

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Tanya Jacksonacting group digital editor

Tanya Jackson is the acting group digital editor of countryfile.com and discoverwildlife.com. She loves campfire cooking, swimming in the sea, trail running, rural folklore, barn owls and red kites, hiking with the kids and looking for signs of ancient settlements in the Wiltshire hills where she lives. Tanya also has a passion for English food and drink, and loves uncovering the stories of the land as told through local produce.

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