Seeing an animal on an empty street in the dead of night can feel strange and life affirming.
During the pandemic in particular, city dwellers were shocked to see daring animals roaming the deserted streets of enclosed urban spaces.
deer in paris, goats On the streets of Llandudno in Wales and even puma haunt the streets of Santiago, Chile has captured the imagination of the public who has been trapped at home with nothing to do but scroll through social media.
Well, the art of urban wildlife photography is now the subject of a new competition hosted by Picfair.
The Urban Wildlife Photography Awards received 6000 submissions from amateur and professional photographers and the distinctive pigeons, foxes and squirrels enjoying urban landscapes from Melbourne to me Mexico.
The “Nightlife” category saw a rat emerging from a Mexico City sewer win first prize, while the flamingo topped Italia He won in “Daylight”.
In a public vote held on social media, a photo of a raccoon in a valley near a subway station is in the “Fancy Seeing You Here” category.
Meanwhile, the overall winning entry, by an amateur digital marketing photographer, showed a pair of wolves on a street in Ontario.
“I thought it was my car that caught their attention when I got close to the corner, and it might have caught their attention at first, but as I rolled out the window I heard another group of coyotes pique their interest,” says the winner, Andrew Entresano.
“I parked the car, turned off the engine, and frantically went to work with the camera…However, in the rush of that moment, I soon had to put the camera aside and plunge into the scene.”
Winner of Nightlife: Life Beyond the Sewer by Austin Monteiro
The pandemic has forced me to stay in a small town for the past two years. This led me to find many animals using different parts of our city. They shelter under bridges, navigate canals, or nest along roads. But usually, we don’t notice it,” says the photographer.
‘Daylight’ winner: Window to the Salt Pan by Mano Aliczki
“This Sardinian national park is home to one of the largest flamingo colonies on the island and allows flamingos to be photographed with the town and now-abandoned salt fumigation facilities as a backdrop, creating great installation opportunities. I was able to catch the moment when a flamingo feeding in a wooden frame walked into a dam on Salt bowl,” Alesicki says.
Winner, “Fancy See You Here”: Trash Panda by Jill Finney
“I have dreamed of photographing wildlife since I was a kid and only started seriously photographing at around 50, during the coronavirus lockdown when I decided it was time to pursue my own dreams in Natgeo, even if they were just squirrels in me,” explains Vinny.
Runner-up: Beacon by Oliver Schultz
“I was walking back from Victoria Station on a cold English evening, and the twilight hour was fading. A cool breeze was piercing the air, and as I looked around, I saw a solitary dove huddled against a warm light, waiting for the night to pass,” says Schultz.
Runners-up: Urban Fox by Jenny-Louise Read
“I went out to take this photo as foxes, although common in most parts of my country, are rarely seen here. Especially for me, ghost hunters who are silent at night! I wanted to capture the grunge street as well as the elusive character of local foxes. I am a one-armed disabled photographer , so my goal with my photography is to (a) create amazing portraits of the most magical creatures in our worlds and (b) show the world that just because you’re disabled, doesn’t mean I can’t!”
Runners-up: Kick by Sheryl Rogers
A picture of a native Australian brulga
Watch the gallery of finalists and winners on Picfair over here. All Picfair profits from print sales will go to the nonprofit Re:Wil for global preservation.