RSPCA Young Photographer Awards 2018 – The Winners in Pictures

3 January 2019

A powerful image of the preserved body of the famous tortoise Lonesome George has taken top spot in the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards 2018.

The picture of the Pinta Island Galapagos tortoise, whose death marked the final extinction of his species,  was taken by 17-year-old Lucy Hutton from Northumberland.  Entered into the ‘Human Impact on Animals category, it beat off competition from more than 4,700 photographs to also win the overall prize.

The awards were judged blind by a panel of wildlife photography experts, led by BBC Springwatch presenter and RSPCA Vice President Chris Packham.   

He said: ‘This photo of Lonesome George really stood out to all of us…It told the story of species extinction through the tragic tale of an iconic creature which is recognised across the world.   

‘The picture was very graphic, beautifully composed and was a stark reminder of the impact that humans can have on the natural world.’

Young photographers aged 18 and under from across England and Wales were invited to enter into nine categories photographs of animals taken on either camera or mobile device.

You can get involved by voting for the winner of the People’s Choice Award.  A selection of photos entered in the Mobile Phone category and Picture Perfect Pets will be put to the public vote in February 2019 on the competition website.

If you would like to submit pictures into the 2019 awards, entry will be open on 7 May 2019.

Leap of Faith, by Ollie Ross (17), winner of the Picture Perfect Pets category

Seventeen-year-old Ollie Ross from High Peak, Derbyshire won the ‘Picture Perfect Pets’ category with his shot of cockapoo Ruby.

Thomas Easterbrook, aged 10 from Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, wont he Under-12 category with his close-up image of a majestic raven.

In the 12-15 category, 14-year-old Freddy Jones took home the top prize with ‘Grass Snake Pond Dipping’.

Last year’s overall winner Gideon Knight, aged 18 from Ilford, Essex, won the top prize in the 16-18 category.

Gideon Knight also won the Portfolio category with his series of five images, titled ‘The Carrion Crow’.

Millie Rodgers of Chesterfield Derbyshire, aged 11, won the Under 12 Mobile Phone and Devices category with her image of the close-up of the eye of pet dog Willow and her owner, which was singled out for the Judges’ Special Mention.

Aunt Bristow, 18, from Nottingham took the16-18 Mobile Phone and Devices top prize with her photo ‘Step Carefully’.

Fifteen-year-old Tia Bromley from Tonbridge in Kent took the top spot in the 12-15 Mobile Phone and Devices category with her cat photo titled ‘I can see you’.

For a full gallery of the winning images visit the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards.