The Nature Photograph of the Year 2011 has been chosen. The winner is Salo resident Kai Fagerström with his striking close-up portrait of a fox entitled simply “The Fox”.
“I was tipped off that a fox likes to visit the yard of a Salo home early in the mornings. A couple of mornings I went there in vain, but the third day I got lucky and managed to snap a few shots”, Fagerström explains.
Fagerström, who earns his living as the facilities manager for the Salo Lutheran Congregation, has been a keen nature and wildlife photographer for fifteen years.
For the past ten years he has concentrated on photographing deserted houses.
Lauri Talarmo took the victory in the 15-18-year-olds category with his image “Inquisitive Squirrel”.
The first prize in the under-15s went to Liina Heikkinen for her photograph entitled “Leave Me Alone”.
The Nature Photograph of the Year prizes are awarded by The Finnish Nature Photographers’ Association.
All the winners are featured in the latest edition of the Nature Photographs of the Year book series, which has been published since 1981.