Congratulations to Annabel Dolphin who has been named winner of the Harry Percy Award for Young Filmmakers, for her film Don't Badger Me.
Annabel says: "After seeing this year’s theme, I wanted to make a film that demonstrated a positive take on captivity - showcasing a wildlife rescue centre who work to rehabilitate, release, and protect British wildlife. From there, I wanted to hone in on their work with badgers, a fascinating species which is widely persecuted and misunderstood.
"Using a mixture of original and archive footage, this film aims to demonstrate the true face of badgers, and dispel misconceptions about both their behaviour, and their involvement in the spread of bovine TB."
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With 12 red squirrels donated from the Welsh Wildlife Centre, Caldey Island are hoping that this year's breeding season will be a big success.
Their aim is to create a colony of reds on the island, as without conservation, they may become extinct within ten years.
In October 2018, freelance filmmaker and keen conservationist, Harry Percy, attended a Born Free event at the Royal Geographical Society in London.
There he met Born Free’s CEO Howard Jones and enthusiastically spoke of his ambitions to visit Africa to film the work of the international wildlife charity.
Just days later, Harry tragically passed away unexpectedly.
He was only 22 years old.
Aware of their son’s desire to become more involved with wildlife conservation, Harry’s parents Tim Percy and Dominique de Bellefroid contacted Born Free with the idea of launching the Harry Percy Award for young wildlife filmmakers, to honour Harry’s memory.
Ever inquisitive even as a small boy, Harry was very much in touch with nature. But it was his sensitivity and kindness to others that transcended everything; he could never stand by to see a friend unhappy or sad, and was instantly there to give that rare gift of human comfort and warmth.
Photography was a passion he discovered early on, and led him to the career he eventually chose. There was something about his ability to see an image where others could not - the beauty of shape, of colour, of wilderness, how they came together in that perfect image, and life itself. He loved to be behind the camera, but he equally loved the medium of film.
Harry would be so unbelievably proud to know that something positive was being done in his memory. More than that, the help that will be given to another person to carry the message forward gives the whole concept even deeper meaning. If through Harry’s passion for film, conservation, and life, we can better educate people about the need to conserve the environment, we will have achieved something, and we know that we will forever see his smile.
Harry was passionate about conservation, nature, the outdoors, and helping humanity and the animal kingdom through his photography and film work.
He marvelled so much at the beauty of nature, that when he was a child, he would spend hours looking at small flowers, insects, fish and other creatures, climbing trees and lying in fields gazing at the clouds passing relentlessly through the sky. Later on, he couldn’t resist photographing it and then filming it, which for him was a way to share the beauty he saw.
We hope to keep Harry’s memory alive through this award. To give an incentive, through Harry’s example of determination and passion, to other young people - that they too can make a difference and use their voice and their talent to be the ambassadors of our most precious gift: nature in all its diversity.