Title: Guardian of the Den
Photographer: Anthony Gianacakos
“In the small, picturesque town of Cooke City, amidst a dilapidated cabin, a tender moment of human-wildlife coexistence unfolded. My photo captures a captivating sight: a baby fox curiously peeking out from behind the cabin, its eyes filled with courage and responsibility. Below the cabin’s worn walls, a fox den became a haven for a loving family. Seven siblings and their wise mama found safety and shelter in this unlikely urban setting. As I observed, a brave young fox emerged, eager to take charge and ensure the coast was clear for its siblings and mama to play, hunt, and find their dinner.
The image tells a powerful tale of harmony between humans and wildlife, proving that even in a town just outside of Yellowstone National park, nature can thrive. Let this photo remind us all of the beauty in coexistence and the need to preserve these delicate connections with the world around us. Together, we can protect and nurture the wonders of the wild.”
Judge’s commentary: This perfectly shows the delicate balance of the larger wildlife that has been crafty and adaptable enough to live amongst humans. The baby fox, fully in the open, is unafraid yet cautious, as most wildlife should be in human areas. There is still a wildness in this fox, as revealed by the cautious pose. What a treat it is for woodland creatures to coexist with us!