Humans tend to take the local wildlife for granted whilst busy chasing imaginary animals on their phones. Thankfully there’s an annual shindig called the British Wildlife Photography Awards which celebrates the most diverse (real) wildlife the surrounding region has to offer.
It’s no walk in the park bird watching to make it to the top of this competition. Contestants range in the thousands across fifteen categories which covers everything from animal portraits to seasons to marine life and urban wildlife.
There could only be one winner though and that was George Stoyle’s “Hitchhikers”, a giant jelly fish shot off one of the UK’s most remote islands. The marine ecologist who has almost twenty years worth of photography experience under his belt said that the photo came about accidentally.
“I was working on a project to assess the current biological status of major sea caves around some of the UK’s most remote islands,” he said.
“At the end of one of the dives I was swimming back to the boat when I came face-to-face with the largest jellyfish I’ve ever encountered. As I approached cautiously I noticed that a number of juvenile fish had taken refuge inside the stinging tentacles.”
Hence the name, ‘Hitchhikers’ was given.
There’s a lot more award-worthy images than the ones we’ve included here so feel free to see the whole shortlist over at the British Wildlife Photography Awards site.