Stunning camera trap image of deer is a winner for young wildlife photographer

RSPCA Young Photographer Awards
Overall winner of the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards 2020 (Image credit: Jake Kneale / RSPCA Young Photographer Awards)

A poignant image of a deer ducking under branches as he goes through a gate has taken top prize in the prestigious RSPCA Young Photographer Awards 2020. ‘Mind Your Head’ was taken by 17 year-old Jake Kneale from Pewsey, Wiltshire, UK, whose winning photo taken during lockdown in June, was chosen  from a record 11,000 entries to this year's competition, which is now in its 30th year.

TV presenter and photography enthusiast Chris Packham was one of the judges and commented "Jake’s photo of a deer really stood out to all of us on the judging panel. We felt it was a powerful and poignant representation of how wild animals started to claim back their land and habitats during the lockdown.

“I’ve been judging the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards since they started. It’s exciting to have seen it move with the times, with new options regularly being introduced.  This year we introduced a new category called Small World. We didn’t want our young photographers to feel limited by lockdown, so we devised this to inspire them to record what was close to home."

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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.