Award-winning photo shows harsh reality of Canada's tundra
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 1:51 PM - A Canadian man has been awarded the top prize in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition for 2015 with a gripping photograph depicting the struggle to survive between two foxes in northern Manitoba.
The photograph, titled 'A Tale of Two Foxes,' is a beautiful but haunting portrait of the struggle for life in the subarctic climes of Cape Churchill, located in Wapusk National Park on Hudson's Bay.
The image was captured by Don Gutoski, a Canadian surgeon and amateur photographer from London, Ontario. It shows a red fox feeding on the carcass of a white Arctic fox, its freshly caught prey.
Gutoski was following the pair closely, taking pictures amid -30C temperatures, before getting close enough to capture the award-winning shot. "By the time I got close enough to capture the event, the fight was over and the victor was feeding," Gutoski said in his submission. "I took a number of pictures of the event, until the red fox had eaten its fill, and picked up the remains to find a hiding spot for a later meal."
Though populations of both fox species been known to overlap in the area, warmer temperatures have allowed the red fox to hunt farther north over the years.
Kathy Moran, a member of the jury for the contest, called it "one of the strongest single storytelling photographs I have ever seen."
The finalists of the annual photography competition run by the Natural History Museum London were announced Tuesday evening.
Images are judged and selected by an international jury, with the goal of championing ethical examples of photography. Award-winning photos are chosen for their artistic composition, technical innovation and truthful interpretation of the natural world, according to the Natural History Museum.
Gutoski's striking photo beat out 42,000 other entries from 96 countries.
Check out amazing shots from a few of the other finalists below:
A tale of two foxes, Don Gutoski, Canada, Grand title winner, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
Ruffs on display, Ondřej Pelánek, Czech Republic, 11-14 year old category, Grand title winner, Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
A whale of a mouthful, Michael AW, Australia, Underwater category, Winner, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
The art of algae, Pere Soler, Spain, From The Sky category, Winner, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
Flight of the scarlet ibis, Jonathan Jagot, France, Winner, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
Shadow walker, Richard Peters, United Kingdom, Urban category, Winner, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
Life comes to art, Juan Tapia, Spain, Impressions category, Winner, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
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