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Best of the Wild Somerset Photographic Awards pictures

By IanMat  |  Posted: December 14, 2013

  • Victoria Hillman’s image of an otter was selected as the overall winner

  • Shepton Mallet photographer Victoria Hillman

  • A roe deer in the woods by Janet Miles

  • Victoria Hillman’s weevil picture

  • Lauren Tucker, winner in the junior category, snapped this image of an osprey clasping a fish

  • Roger Fry’s shot of the flooded Somerset Levels

  • Robin Morrison and his picture of waxwings in Yeovil

  • Chris Rutter’s picture of a fritillary butterfly

  • Robin Morrison snapped droplets of water on a swan’s head

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THE organisers of the Wild Somerset Photographic Awards believe the county is special.

With stunning landscapes and coastal areas and an enormous amount of wildlife ranging from mammals to insects and flowers there is so much to photograph – which is why they organised the awards, to showcase the area’s treasures.

The awards attracted more than 3,200 entrants in its first year, which demonstrates the fascination that wildlife photography has for snappers and viewers alike.

There were five competition categories including mammals, birds, insects, woodland and landscapes.

One of the organisers, Ian Wade said: “We wanted to encourage people of all ages to pick up their camera whether it was a digital SLR, a compact camera or even a camera phone and head out into Somerset to see what image can be captured.

“We got some fantastic pictures – the standard was stunning.”

The overall winner was Victoria Hillman, who grew up in Shepton Mallet and now lives in Frome, and who won the award for her picture of an otter poking its nose out into the world.

Victoria explained that the image was the result of four days of waiting in bushes for just the right moment when the otter looked up with the sunrise across its back. The judges at the Somerset Wildlife Trust thought this image was “truly stunning”.

She was also highly commended for a picture of a tiny weevil perched on the end of a fern.

The overall junior winner was Lauren Tucker and her picture of an osprey clutching a fish in the bird category.

Ian said: “For our first year this has been an amazing success, and we hope that even more photographers will enter the competition in 2014.”

Visit www.ws-pa.com for details of the contest.

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