Storybook Wolf and the Fierce Kitty

The top prize winner in one of the most stunning photography competitions and then my personal favorite entry...

Winner of the prestigious Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 award

The image of a photographer's dreams
Mr Rodriguez won the Animal Portraits category and went on to win the top prize with this haunting image that the judges said captured the character of the wolf.

He hopes that his picture, "showing the wolf's great agility and strength", will become an image that can be used to show just how beautiful the Iberian wolf is and how the Spanish can be proud to have such an emblematic animal.

Winner of the Urban and Garden Wildlife category

Ryska the cat fiercely guarded her property
"The cat was really jealous about me. If I started to look at the animals she would attack them. Just like woman," he smiled.

"Maybe she thought I was her pet."

But the animals were curious about the area's new residents, and drawn by cooking smells from the cabin. The foxes in particular would visit every day. "When they came within 20m, that was her boundary and chased them. It was really funny - foxes were climbing trees to get away from the cat."

Read the whole article and see all the beautiful entries here.