April 14, 2023
It’s easy to take a picture of a squirrel. It’s not so easy to take a memorable one. Out of the hundreds of squirrel photos received by John Kelly—a columnist for The Washington Post who has administered and judged the Squirrel Photo Contest contest for 13 years now—he says, “These [more than 30 photos are posted] are the ones that stuck with me. They show the squirrel world in all its furry diversity.”
Top honors for 2023 went to Ralph Bernhardt for his photo of a fox squirrel in Norman, Oklahoma. Ralph runs the Instagram account, Squirrels of OU, from the University of Oklahoma, where he is studying creative media production.
While Ralph usually stalks the campus squirrels with a proper camera, he took the winning photo with his Google Pixel cellphone.
“That squirrel was so friendly, I was able to get right up to it,” he said.
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