Beautiful portrait of barn owl wins trophy in wildlife photography contest

Julian Gardner Awards 2021
(Image credit: Steve Clayton)

The winners of the 2021 Julian Gardner Awards for nature and wildlife photography have been announced. Steve Clayton from Lincolnshire, who photographed a barn owl hovering over its dinner, won the overall prize in the annual contest run by the run by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. 14-year-old Andreas Schoefer scooped the prize in the junior section with an image of a sleeping seal.

“Steve has captured the moment when the owl closes in on its prey, hovering just above ground, wings outstretched, ready to swoop. It is a remarkable image, and the judges were unanimous in selecting it as the overall winner,” said James Swyer, GWCT press and publications manager and competition judge.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.