The British are generally known for being stoic and long-suffering. You know, the whole stiff upper lip thing. Granted some might argue they've brought much of that "suffering" on themselves, but nevertheless, they can hunker down and slog through an ordeal.
That's a good trait for a wildlife photographer and one that doubtless aided in the production of the amazing 2012 British WIldlife Photography Award Winners. While Britain isn't exactly known as a haven for exotic wildlife, photographers still captured some stunning images of the Isle's wild creatures and critters doing their thing. These types of photos are actually often my favorite sort of wildlife photos - they're not the giant landscape photos of majestic animals as much as small moments intimately captured that let you peek into the hidden world of wildlife.
This is the fourth year of the contest, run by National Geographic, and the overall winner was Matt Doggett who used dead mackerel to lure gannets underwater off the coast of Scotland. All the photos must be taken in the United Kingdom, but the contest is open to anyone. So there, even if you're not British, bring your camera on your next trip to Ireland and you might snap a winner.
The winning shot and some of my other favorites are below. The rest are here. Via The Goat.