Canadian Photographer Won Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 for His Image "Tale of Two Foxes"

Canadian Photographer Won Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015 for His Image "Tale of Two Foxes"

This stunning photo captured a surprising scene of a red fox hunting an Arctic fox in Wapusk national park on Hudson Bay Canada by Don Gutoski, which depicts the struggle for life in nature.
October 17, 2015 by Globeprime

Don Gutoski/2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Don Gutoski (Canada)

"The immediate impact of this photograph is that it appears as if the red fox is slipping out of its winter coat. What might simply be a straightforward interaction between predator and prey struck the jury as a stark example of climate change, with red foxes encroaching on Arctic fox territory. This image works on multiple levels: it is graphic, it captures behaviour and it is one of the strongest single storytelling photographs I have seen.", says Kathy Moran, jury member and National Geographic magazine’s senior editor for natural history projects.

Don Gutoski explains how he captured the scene, "The Churchill guides had heard that the two species will occasionally fight, but no one we talked to had ever seen this behaviour. I first noticed the red fox hunting and interacting with some prey and on closer approach realised that prey was a white Arctic fox. By the time I got close enough to capture the event, the fight was over and the victor was feeding. 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."

Here are other winning images in all categories:

Ruffs on display

Don Gutoski/2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Ondrej Pelánek (Czech Republic)

Flight of the scarlet ibis

Don Gutoski/2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Jonathan Jagot (France)

The company of three

Don Gutoski/2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Amir Ben-Dov (Israel)

Still life

Don Gutoski/2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Edwin Giesbers (The Netherlands)

A whale of a mouthful

Don Gutoski/2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Michael AW (Australia)

The art of algae

Don Gutoski/2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Pere Soler (Spain)

Shadow walker

Don Gutoski/2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Richard Peters (UK)

Life comes to art

Don Gutoski/2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Juan Tapia (Spain)

Broken cats

Don Gutoski/2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Britta Jaschinski (Germany/UK)