Beautiful portrait of hares in the rain wins trophy in wildlife photography contest

(Image credit: Jenny Hibbert)

The winners of the 2020 Julian Gardner Awards for nature and wildlife photography have been announced. Jenny Hibbert, who photographed two mountain hares in Scotland, was the winner of the adult category. Sixteen-year-old Katy Read scooped the prize in the junior section with a close-up of a robin with its feathers fluffed up against the cold.

 Jenny Hibbert, from Port Talbot, Wales, said, “It was taken in the Cairngorms in February at around 10 am. It was a very cold day and extremely windy. It was hard going walking up the mountain: we would spot a hare but of course, it spotted us too and ran even higher. I started to think I wish I was photographing red squirrels instead of climbing the cold windy mountain. We eventually stopped and to our astonishment, the hare had run-up to another mountain hare, who certainly wasn’t very happy to see it. The two hares boxed and our hare was chased off.”

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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.