EAGLE-eyed nature photographers from Rugby have been named among the winners of a county-wide competition.
Amanda Graham’s perfectly-timed photo Kestrel on Footpath Sign has won the Wild Images – People and Nature photography competition.
And fellow Rugbeian Simon Wiltshire’s Fox Dew – an atmospheric portrait of a fox in the morning dew – came third.
The competition was launched by Warwickshire photo printing company CEWE in partnership with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust to celebrate the beauty of wildlife and the environment, with entrants looking to share uplifting images of the great outdoors.
Lindsay Butler, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, said: “Photography is a great way to connect with nature and show how beautiful our local environment is. Choosing the winning images was no easy task as there were so many eye-catching submissions.
“We hope these photos help people feel closer to nature, motivate them to get out and experience our great outdoors and inspire them to take positive action for wildlife, like becoming a member of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.”
Dale Orton, Head of Photo Culture at CEWE UK, said the company was always keen to partner with organisations to support a shared cause.
He added: “The best wildlife images are captured when we’re doing our best not to encroach upon it. We have a responsibility to create a positive relationship with nature, where we can capture the beauty of it while preserving that beauty in the process – something these images have certainly shown.”
Winner Amanda Graham received a £150 CEWE voucher, with a £100 voucher going to second-placed Coventry man Neil Porter for his image of a butterfly, and a £50 voucher to third-placed Simon Wiltshire.
Entrants to the competition also had the chance to enter their photos into the CEWE Photo Award, the words largest photography competition.
The jury, chaired by world-renowned Swiss fashion and nature photographer Michel Comte, will choose the 1,000 best shots submitted from across the globe for a share of prizes totalling more than £210,000.
Visit https://tinyurl.com/4fpakad6 for more information about the CEWE Photo Award.