Sam wanted to capture the inquisitive nature of the urban red fox in a way that would pique curiosity. After weeks of scouting the ideal location, and gaining the trust of one fox family, Sam waited until this youngster peeked over a wall – its weeping left eye the result of getting too close to a neighbourhood cat.
Foxes’ ability to survive in close proximity to people and elude hunters has earned them a reputation for cunning and intelligence. Highly adaptable and opportunistic, they have one of the widest ranges of any mammal and are able to thrive in urban areas. This family is used to people, as several residents feed them regularly.
Nikon D800; 17-35mm f2.8 lens at 17mm; 1/6 sec at f4.5; ISO 800; Nikon SB-700 and SB-800 flashes; PocketWizard Plus III remote release; Manfrotto tripod.
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Sam Hobson, UK
Sam is best known for his work with urban wildlife. He specialises in storytelling imagery - either documenting conservation stories with in-depth photojournalism, or crafting stand-alone images that get up close and personal with wildlife by using remote triggers and camera traps. Sam writes a column for BBC Wildlife Magazine and has judged several photography competitions.