We are pleased to announce that Wigan 10 member, Roy Rimmer has won 1st place in The Mammal Society Mammal Photographer of the Year competition with his stunning image of a brown rat leaping.

Roy says “I was extremely pleased to have received this award as a have a great interest in photographing mammals and observing their behaviour”.

Leaping Rat by Roy Rimmer

Read the full article on The Mammal Society’s website:


The Mammal Society reports:  Often feared and shunned, brown rats are perhaps an unlikely photographic model. However, Roy Rimmer, of Wigan, Greater Manchester, defied public misconceptions and used technical excellence to freeze the motion of a jumping rat. Wildlife photographer Kate MacRae was one of the judges. She said: “This image quite literally ‘leapt’ out at me when I first saw it. Often misunderstood and unfairly depicted, I loved the unique energy in this capture.”

Click to view the awarded images.

The Mammal Society is the only organisation involved in the study and conservation of all British mammals. We work to identify the threats our mammals face, and halt declines. We promote the study of mammals with the aim of offering the best scientific advice for their conservation. We inform, educate and involve people of all ages to raise awareness of mammal conservation issues, in order to help protect them for the future. www.mammal.org.uk

Press coverage received

BBC – In pictures: Mammal photo winners

The Independent – In pictures: The Mammal Society unveils winners of photography competition

Daily Mail – A leaping rat, window-licking fox and fighting stoats: Incredible pictures as British mammals fight it out for top photograph of the year

The Telegraph – Roy Rimmer, of Wigan, Greater Manchester, won the Mammal Society Mammal Photographer of the Year

The Scotsman – Animal magic in Mammal Society Photographer prize

Hallmark Creative Amazing Animals – Take a look at the stunning photos featured in the finals of the Mammal Society’s Photographer of the Year competition

Wildlife Extra – Mammal Society photographic competition challenges public misconceptions

Business Insider – Photographer Captures Perfectly Timed Image Of A Rat Leaping Into The Air

Bird Guides – Magic mammal moments

Wild Life Kate – I was delighted to be asked to be one of the judges for this competition

Brazil – Concurso premia melhores fotos de mamíferos selvagens

Colombia – Ganadores del concurso Mammal Society Photographer of the Year

Italy Post – 15 gran foto di animali (britannici)

The guardian – Mammal Society photographer of the year competition – in pictures