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Foxes in the Snow

A yawning fox in the snowYawning fox in the snow, at British Wildlife Centre. Photo by Alex Harford

The above photo eventually led to me winning £1000 worth of camera equipment in the Amateur Photographer of the Year (APOY) 2013 competition. As with most of my success in photography there was a fair bit of bad luck surrounding it. I'd walked through muddy fields and thigh-deep snow drifts in inappropriate footwear to get to the British Wildlife Centre, so I was already cold and wet by the time I got there at 9:30am. That wasn't too bad as I was delighted about the opportunity to photograph animals in the snow. Things turned bad after I took the above shot and dropped my Canon G1 X in a lake! Without a thought I jumped into the lake to rescue it. So now I was really cold and even wetter. And I didn't have a change of clothes or shoes so went to a gig that night still cold and wet.

At around the same time the APOY "Animal Kingdom" round was announced and I'd had a fair bit of positive feedback for the yawning fox photo, so I entered it. I finished 13th (appropriate). Anyway, that gave me the incentive to enter more rounds which led to the £1000 Panasonic win - here's the bad luck again - shortly after I'd mysteriously scratched the lens of the replacement to my water-damaged Canon G1 X. The lens cap does fall off quite easily - I'm not usually this clumsy with cameras, honest!

Fox in the snow, licking her tongue outFox in the snow, licking her tongue out. Photo by Alex HarfordFoxA fox cub, peeking out of its denFox cub peeking out of its denFox closeupFox looks like it's barkingAnother yawning fox...Fox yawningFox hidden behind grass

Photos taken with the Canon Powershot G1 X and Canon Powershot S5 IS compact cameras at the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey.

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