Lockdown has been tough on workers from all walks of life, but the transition to working from home (WFH) has perhaps most dramatically been felt by those who usually work out in the field. A group of wildlife photographers from the UK decided to use their time cooped up indoors to find novel ways to express their craft, and launched the Isolation Wildlife Photography Awards. The competition saw budding wildlife photographers across the globe doing their best to capture scenes of nature from inside and around their homes.
Spiders were, unsurprisingly, a popular subject for the photography entries (those crafty little home invaders) but the entries also produced some beautiful shots that utilized composition to turn even the most familiar of nature’s creations into awe-inspiring images exhibiting the beauty that can be found in the everyday.
“With the world currently either in lockdown or severely restricted, it’s important to stay occupied and focused," said the organizers in an emailed press release. "Wildlife has always had a calming impact and so now more than ever, we should be celebrating the animals immediately around us that we are normally too busy to appreciate. It was an easy decision to say yes to being involved with this competition, because it aimed to do just that. It’s easy to say ‘get out in the garden and shoot’ but by having a purpose for those images, it has hopefully given photographers the extra motivational push needed to really think outside the box and get creative.”
If you’re still stuck inside due to limiting lockdown factors, hopefully these winning images can inspire you in reminding that even in the most humble, unexpected of places, nature is still doing something pretty damn cool.