It is with great excitement that we announce the winners of the League Against Cruel Sports first photography competition. It has been truly heart-warming to see animal-lovers from across the nation come together to share a passion for the wildlife we all know is so crucial to protect.

This photography competition has not only helped raise awareness about the beauty of the natural world around us, but also furthered the conversation about protecting animals persecuted in the name of so-called ‘sport’.

A staggering 685 photos were entered, showcasing the marvellous British wildlife. Our judges had the unenvious task of selecting winners from each of the three categories.

The winning photos are below for you to enjoy!

WINNER OF CATEGORY 1: Beautiful Birds

Ducklings being led back to water from the quad in Jesus College in Oxford - Photo by Mrs Dodds

“Ducklings being led back to water from the quad in Jesus College in Oxford”

Photography in Oxford High Street, Oxford
Submitted by Mrs Dodds

WINNER OF CATEGORY 2: Marvellous Mammals

Urban vixen Faith, relaxing in the garden - Photo by Ms Nightingale

“Mountain hare in perfect winter white”

Photographed in Cairngorms, Scotland
Submitted by Ms Roterman

WINNER OF CATEGORY 3: Wondrous Wildlife

Common blue damselflies at rest - Photo by Mr Page

“Common blue damselflies at rest”

Photographed in Hampton Court Park
Submitted by Mr Page


(Voted for by the general public)

Urban vixen Faith, relaxing in the garden - Photo by Ms Nightingale

“A portrait of beautiful wild and free urban vixen Faith, relaxing in my garden”

Photographed in Worthing, West Sussex
Submitted by Ms Nightingale

A huge thank you to every single person who participated in our first photography competition; whether you entered a photo, shared on social media or voted in the People’s Choice, you have all taken action for animals. We are also very grateful to our incredible judges – Bill Oddie, Simon King, Simone Stanbrook-Byrne and Paul Tillsley, who have been so generous with their time.

Enjoying and sharing the beauty of wildlife is the beginning of compassion-driven change for animals. United, we will build on this momentum. It will take time but slowly, we can end hunting, shooting and canine cruelty. Thank you for being part of the movement to end cruelty to animals in the name of ‘sport’.

This photography competition has been just one of the ways you can help give a voice to persecuted animals. To find out more about the many other ways to get involved with the League, please click the Get Involved button below.