BWPA Awards - Shortlisting

The second time I have had short listed images fall at the final stage. All of my shortlisted images fell at the last stage.

Disappointing but makes me even more determined to make it to the final stage next year.

Please see images below.

Urban Wildlife - shortlished
I had been photographing this dog fox for 7 months in Bristol and on this day he only had one thing on its mind and that was a pigeon feeding a short distance away. The pigeon was scavenging on the floor for a free meal. Unknown to this bird a Red fox had spotted it and was moving in for the kill. The fox had its head down and was moving forward slowly. I had built up bond with this fox over the months so he had his mind on his next meal thus completely ignoring me. Fortunately for the pigeon it was spooked by a car coming around the corner and flew off. That afternoon the fox went hungry and the pigeon got to live another day.

Documentary Entry - Shortlisted

1.Tip Top Condition

When I first started documenting this urban fox in Bristol he was in a beautiful condition a majestic creature.

2.Continually scratching

As the fox became used to me over the months I was able to get closer and observe the animals behaviour, this when I noticed he was scratching a lot of the time.
Clumps of fur were being pulled out from the animals body.

3. Mange

I noticed patches of his fur were missing and these patches were getting larger. I knew this the fox had mange after researching on the web and talking to a animal rescue centre.

I had to make choice, leave the animal to almost certainly die or try and help him.

4. Help.

I took the decision to help him, first with leaving food for him in different location within in his territory with crushed tablets I had obtained from organisation set up to help foxes. This didn’t seem to help and he was getting worse by the day.

Next I contacted an animal rescue centre in Somerset and they sent out a lovely couple who spent every night for three weeks trying to cage the fox. The cage was set up in different locations from gardens to drive.

5. Heart Breaking

This was the last time I saw this fox alive. The animal couldn’t be caught by the animal rescue centre. When I saw him this day I only recognised him from the scar on his nose.
It was such a sad way to see this fox I had photographed and built up a strong bond with.
I had slowly watched the mange take hold of this beautiful creature and I couldn’t do any thing to help him,

6. Laid to rest

Four months later I was in the area setting up a camera trap near a urban fox earth and by a chance encounter started up a conversation with a local in the street near where I had photographed his urban fox.
He explained a young girl had built up a friendship with this animal too and when he had died and she laid him to rest in a local garden. I headed to the garden and found this grave. It was lovely to see after all the bad press urban foxes get that myself and and others in this street had built up a friendship and trust with this wild animal and he will be truly missed.