Woodland Photography Competition winner announced

20th January 2023

We are delighted to announce that Jonathan Rutter (DPhil Biology) is the winner of the Woodland Photography Competition for Michaelmas Term, for his photograph of a common frog. Jonathan has been awarded a £50 voucher as a prize.

The judges liked the unusual subject of the photograph. Amphibians are not typically thought of as woodland creatures but there are several streams and seasonal ponds in Radley Large Wood. Deep leaf litter makes a great hibernation sleepover for toads and, in this case, a frog. Common frogs typically have a black patch behind the eye, in which lies the ear.

The following photos were also highly recommended:

‘Shaggy Ink cap’ by Aleks Kissinger

(Supernumerary Fellow)

‘Tranquil sky’ by Meryem Kalayci


‘Grand old oak’ by Jonathan Rutter

(DPhil Biology)

The Woodland Photography Competition returns for Hilary Term, and all staff and students are warmly encouraged to enter. The winner will be awarded a £50 voucher. Photos must be taken in Radley Large Wood and should be submitted to hildabugs@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk by Monday of 9th week (13 March 2023).

St Hilda's purchased Radley Large Wood in spring 2022. The woodland comprises around 55 acres (22 hectares) of mixed species within Oxfordshire’s Green Belt and is designated Ancient and Semi-Natural Woodland. With the purchase of Radley Large Wood, we hope to play an active part in improving Oxford’s natural habitat and biodiversity. We encourage members of the College community, as well as local residents, to visit and enjoy this special woodland.