BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Nick Mackman Wildlife Trophy

BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition once again commissioned me to make the trophies for this year’s winners. My remit is to sculpt the creatures in the winning photographs. I never know what it’s going to be, from leaf-cutter ants to snub-nosed monkeys!

nick mackman elephantsThis year’s over all winner was ‘Essence of Elephants’ by Greg Du Toit, a photograph taken at night by a waterhole. Using my own photo references I created a sculpture of an elephant drinking at a water hole, using the reflective granite plinth to suggest water.

The Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year was awarded to Udayan Rao Pawar for his photo of a gharial crocodile and babies.

I thoroughly enjoyed this animal sculpture, carefully modeling every scale and working out it’s unusual toes and leg formation. Here again I chose the reflective plinth to give the impression of water.

Nick Mackman Wildlife Trophy