Burnsville photographer wins national recognition for fox photo
Benjamin Olson didn’t expect the fox to stick around.
Driving away, he spotted a young female fox hunting. He waited for the animal to bolt off, and when she didn’t, he started snapping photos — first from his car, then from a roadside ditch.
“The only conclusion I could come to was that she had never seen a human before,” he said.
One of the photos from that day — the fox in profile, yawning — went on to win an award from Nature’s Best Photography magazine.
Now in its 21st year, the magazine’s Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition draws submissions from around the world — typically between 20,000 and 25,000 annually, said Deborah Freligh, art director and co-publisher at Nature’s Best.
There’s one grand prize winner each year, plus winners in categories such as oceans, birds and landscapes. Eighty-two images — including Olson’s, which won in the wildlife category — were chosen this year for an exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
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