'Kingfisher Diving' by Tom Way
The winner of the Marwell Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has been announced.
Tom Way was awarded 'Adult Overall Winner', for his image 'Kingfisher Diving'. The 25 year old from Iver in Buckinghamshire was delighted to win the title, he said: "Normally all you see of a kingfisher is a flash of blue along the river bank. To have the opportunity to photograph this small bird exploding from the water in 1/15th of a second was a great thrill."
Tom has won the top prize which is trip to Sweden with professional photographer Nick Garbutt, courtesy of Wildlife Worldwide as well as a range of top photography equipment.
'The Apian Way' by Emily Swettenham
This year’s ‘Junior Overall Winner’ was Emily Swettenham, a 15 year old from Petersfield. Her stunning image ‘The Apian Way’ shows a bee in incredible detail.
Emily said: "I called it The Apian way because it shows bees at work - it's taken at a National Trust property in Stourhead. I knew there was a garden that attracted bees so one hot day this summer I spent some time there considering the composition."
This year’s judges included Award-winning professional wildlife photographer, author and lecturer Heather Angel and Deputy Editor of Practical Photography Magazine Ben Hawkins. Wildlife Television Producer and Presenter Philippa Forrester also helped to judge the Junior Categories.
This is the fourth year Marwell has run Wildlife Photographer of the Year. During this time, judges have seen thousands of stunning images from professional, amateur and young photographers alike.
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