A duckling’s-eye view of its long walk home is one of the mesmerising shots which has been shortlisted for the 2013 RSPCA’s young photographer awards today.
The shortlisted pictures, chosen from thousands of entries, include a kingfisher emerging from a river, a cat and grandfather dozing together and a fox silhouetted in the snow.
Chris Packham, TV presenter, photographer and wildlife expert, led the judging panel. “I have judged this competition for many years and perhaps the best part for me is seeing the joy and enthusiasm for the animal kingdom radiate from the photographs," he said.
“There are some really lovely portraits of pets, full of affection, and the focus on British wildlife is at times stunning. A real appreciation for the natural world on our doorsteps.”
The competition, which has been running for more than 20 years, is divided into three age categories: under 12, ages 12 to 15 and ages 16 to 18. There are also two themed categories: Pet Personalities and Making Life Better. Entrants could also put in a portfolio – five photos linked by their own choice of theme, location or idea.
The overall winner will be announced at a ceremony in London next month. He or she will win a weekend photography break.
See the shortlisted photos here.