Andrew Interisano, a digital advertising specialist and an amateur photographer, has won Picfair's Urban Wildlife Photography Awards. Scroll to see all of the category winners! Of note, all of Picfair's profits on winners print sales will go to global conservation non-profit Re:Wild.
Interisano took the winning image when he found himself caught between the howling and yipping of two packs of coyotes. Interisano managed to create a powerful image of a coyote caught in the light and another in the distance, backlit, almost a glowing negative version of a coyote.
Winners were selected from over 6,000 entries by Picfair’s head of content Philip Mowbray and a panel of wildlife photographers and writers, including Melissa Groo, Andrew Budziak, Will Burrard-Lucas, and Florence Wilkinson. In reference to the winner, Groo noted:
The composition and mood of this photo are wonderful. I love the play between the light and the dark, and the eerie, almost sinister glowing eyes of the coyote in the dark. Even before you read the caption, you can tell there's a story unfolding here. And I so appreciate the photographer's desire — after he had grabbed a few frames — to put the camera down and fully experience a truly special, wild moment.
Winner in the Nightlife Category: Austin Montero, Life Beyond the Sewer
For Montero, the pandemic forced him to stay in a small town in Mexico. Which led him to finding animals using different parts of the city, sheltering under bridges, moving through aqueducts, or nesting along roads.
Winner in the Daylight Category: Mano Aliczki, Window to the Salt Pan
And, given I'm a Toronto guy, a winner in the Fancy Seeing You Here Category, Trash Panda, from Jill Finney
Finney has dreamed of photographing wildlife since she was a kid and only started seriously shooting at the age of almost 50, during the COVID lockdown. Nice work, Finney!
There were two other finalist images that immediately caught my eye:
Nicolas Bamberski's Tanning in Style
Susi Ryan's Wren and Chipmunk. I love how it seems like they're racing.
What a fun competition. I'm glad to see Picfair supporting Re:Wild. As we push further and further into wildlife habitats, as our cities grow in density, we're going to have to find a way to live alongside our friends.
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All images credited to winners. Lead image by Interisano.