Coyotes Roaming the Streets of Ontario wins Urban Wildlife Photo Awards

“Date Night” by Andrew Interisano (Canada), overall winner of the Picfair Urban Wildlife Photo Awards

Online photography platform becfair It announced the winners of the 2022 Urban Wildlife Photography Awards, which celebrate the photographs of those who took refuge to document their local wildlife when travel restrictions were in effect.

Wilderness finds its way into urban areas

The free photography competition has received over 6000 entries from amateur and professional photographers from all over the world. The submitted photos included moments captured by wild animals in urban areas such as Melbourne, San Francisco, London, Toronto, Miami, and others.

During the height of the pandemic, wildlife found its way into quiet urban centers, seizing the opportunity to explore previously inaccessible areas. At the same time, this gave photographers an opportunity to document unique scenes of urban wildlife

Picfair has also seen the trend on its platform, having quadrupled the number of urban wildlife photos submitted since 2019. Likewise, City Nature Challenge One of the world’s largest urban wildlife databases recorded a record 1.2 million observations in 2021.

Awards included four categories – Nightlife, Daylighting, Fancy Seeing You Here, and an overall winner. The overall winner’s prize included a Nikon Z 6II, 24-70mm set, lifetime Picfair Plus subscriptions, and a framed print of his submitted photo. Category winners were awarded an array of photography accessories, MBP vouchers, and other prizes.

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Andrew Entresano was crowned the overall winner for capturing two late-night coyotes on the streets of Ontario, Canada as shown above. The image is titleddate in the eveningAt first, Interisano thought his car had caught the attention of the wolves, but soon saw them directing their attention to another group of coyotes howling in the distance.

“I stopped the car, turned off the engine, and frantically went to work with the camera…However, in the rush of that moment, I quickly had to put the camera aside and dive into the scene,” Interisano says.

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“Life Beyond The Sewer” by Austin Montero (US), winner of the Picfair Urban Wildlife Photography Awards “Nightlife”

Affected by the epidemic, American biologist Austin Montero won the nightlife category with a photo of a rat emerging from the sewers of a city in Mexico, titled “Life after sewageMontero has had to stay in a small town for the past two years, which has led him to come across many animals that use different parts of the town.

“I was surprised to see how many urban structures are used by so many types,” he says. “They take shelter under bridges, move through canals, or nest along roads. But usually, we don’t notice it.”


‘Window on the Salt Basin’ by Mano Alecki (Hungary), winner of the Picfair Urban Wildlife Awards for ‘Daylight’ photography

Hungarian zoologist Manu Alichki captured the winning “Daylight” photo during a vacation in Italy. The image is titledWindow on the salt potShows a flamingo feeding and walking within a wooden frame in a dam on a salt pot, creating a unique composition.

Fancy seeing you here

“Trash Panda” by Jill Finney (Canada), winner of the Picfair Urban Wildlife Photography Awards “Fancy Seeing You Here”

Canadian photographer Jill Finney won the hearts of the public with his photograph of a raccoon in a valley near a subway station, titled “litter panda. His photo was selected as the category winner based on a public vote on social media.

“I’ve dreamed of photographing wildlife since I was a kid and started photographing in earnest only around age 50, during the covid closure when I decided it was time to fulfill my Natgeo dreams, even if they were just squirrels in my ‘backyard,'” Vinny says.

The other finalists

Migratory Birds by Mano Alicky, Hungary
“The Cat and the Fish” by Matko Petrić, Croatia
“Datenight in the city” by Mano Alicky, Hungary
“What’s the matter, man?” By Josef Kovalik, Slovakia
“Wren and Chipmunk, And Stay OUT” by Susie Ryan, United States
Riders on the Storm by Luca Eberle, Italy
“Tanning in Style” by Nicholas Pampersky, United States
A late-night foggy stroll near the River Cam, Cambridge, UK by Doug Wallace, UK
“Red Fox on a Boat” by Mark F. Wallner, United States
“Oh snap!” by Barrack, Jamaica
“The Fox and the Chicken” by Martin Tosh, UK
“Friends Together, The Extraordinary Relationship of a Fox and a Cat” by Z Fontes, Vietnam

The judging panel consisted of Picfair’s Chief Content Officer Philip Mowbray and guest judges – professional wildlife photographer Melissa Groff, US, Andrew Podziak, Canada, and Will Burrard Lucas, UK, as well as writer and urban wildlife author Florence Wilkinson from the UK.

The full gallery of finalists and winners can be seen at Picfair’s websitewhere profits from all publication sales go to the non-profit World Preservation Organization Reply: Wilde.

Image credits: All images are individually credited and provided courtesy of Picfair.