BBC Wildlife Camera-trap

Wild Thailand Tiger BBC Wildlife

The results of the BBC Wildlife Camera-trap Photo of the Year 2013 have just been announced and two Wildlife Thailand forum members had one of their Thai wild tiger camera trap photographs in the list of winners.

Ian Edwardes and Paul Thompson submitted the photograph of a Thai tigress to the BBC contest to try and create awareness of Thailand's outstanding natural heritage and national parks.


The photograph was one of a set of photographs the two photographers engineered in a year long project that Thailand's Department of National Parks' sanctioned and supported in 2012. With the support of National Parks' included in the project, automatic cameras were positioned deep in protected areas in an attempt to capture glimpses of the parks' cryptic wildlife.

The hope of capturing a tiger sighting on film was considered a possibility, even if a very remote one. But the possibility of a beautiful young female tiger with such distinctive coloration, passing the camera, stopping and then looking directly into the camera was beyond all of their expectations. Indeed, on first seeing the photograph many people don't even realize that it is of a completely wild tiger, that no human has ever physically seen, in its natural habitat.

Paul pointed out that this is the second year that Thailand has had images in the final selection of the prestigous BBC Wildlife contest. In last year's competition Thailand's Parinya Padungtin's beautiful close up of a wild fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) was a finalist. Contest's like this are helping to raise awareness of Thailand's fantastic natural heritage and it's world class national parks. Thailand is blessed with a natural heritage that is the envy of many nations.

In keeping with their project's ethos of assisting the National Parks of Thailand, the two photographers have donated the photograph, usage rights and commercial benefits to the Department of National Park's.  

 All the Finalists in the BBC Wildlife Competition 2013



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Bagheera replied the topic: #1492 23 Nov 2013 19:07
Wow, thanks for posting this link I'd have missed it otherwise..
Congrats on the photo, great work Paul its a really beautiful shot!

Some really amazing images there with Big Cats making a great showing! Difficult to pick a fave but the snow leopard portrait with it looking back at the camera is pretty cool..
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onflipflops replied the topic: #1495 24 Nov 2013 00:31
Great achievement! Hopefully you will beat the Dormouse next year ;)!

After a google search the dormouse species, which I expected to be one of the rarest rodents in the world, I found out IUCN lists it as vulnerable, hmmm not exactly very special. For sure the subject doesn't need to be special to make a fantastic picture, but..., what can I say... the composition is ok, but other than that, nothing special... and it's not just a category winner but an overall winner. What am I missing here?

I like the Animal portraits runner up Cougar. The intimate look of the cat, the colors, and in its habitat... Only the shadow of the young christmas tree on the right... but other than that a great colorful capture of a beautiful big cat.
Though agree with Bagheera that the snow leopard looking back at the camera is quite a cool shot as well.

The chimps are funny.
The Tiger chasing the Sambar, how incredibly lucky is that.

It's hard to choose a winner, but for sure for me it wouldn't be the dormouse.

BTW, I now see the same website is showing the winners of the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013.
And after a short google search I found the official page:
That's an absolutely amazing collection of pictures!
Maybe it's just me, but for me it beats the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013.
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Painted Jezebel replied the topic: #1496 24 Nov 2013 08:12
Congratulations Paul, well deserved recognition for your hard work. I think the judges must have had a very hard time deciding on the winners.

I was going to check the doormouse as well so thanks, Onflipflips, for saving me the trouble!

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