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RSPCA Young Photographer Award Winner announced

RSPCA Young Photographer Award Winner announced - There were more entries for this year's competition than ever before. With more than 6,000 photographs received the judges had a tough job to whittle them down to a shortlist of 40 and select an overall winner.

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RSPCA Young Photographer Award Winner announced
 
RSPCA Young Photographer Award Winner announced

Fifteen-year-old Alex Maloney from Lincoln has won the 2002 RSPCA Young Photographer Award for his perceptive picture of a dog and his proud owner. The award, sponsored by Olympus Cameras and Truprint, is now in its eleventh year and once again the standard was exceptional.

There were more entries for this year's competition than ever before. With more than 6,000 photographs received the judges had a tough job to whittle them down to a shortlist of 40 and select an overall winner.

Alex won an Olympus C-300 Zoom digital camera and a £250 cash prize, which were presented to him earlier today by television presenter and wildlife photographer Chris Packham during an awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Chris Packham is a long-serving supporter of the awards and joined the judging panel once again this year. Chris said, "The standard and originality of entries continues to astound me. I love the fact that the dog in Alex's picture is clearly a status symbol. I like the contrast of the woman's bright red trousers and the way they symbolise power."

Sara Cubitt of Olympus continues, "The Young Photographer Awards is a great opportunity to encourage these talented young photographers to get out and about with their cameras. The competition this year has been outstanding".

Young photographers were invited to take pictures of animals, ranging from family pets and wildlife lurking at the bottom of their gardens to exotic animals captured on camera while on holiday abroad.

Entries were divided into two different age groups: under 12s and 12 to 18s. The Under 12 category was won by Danielle Jewitt who took a stunning photograph of her sleeping cat Missy. Jenny Lea won the 12-18 category for her striking shot of a giant Indian praying mantis.

Danielle and Jenny both received an Olympus Mju II Zoom 170 compact camera and £100. In addition, eight runners up each won an Olympus Mju II Zoom 115 camera and £50. All the winning photos will be exhibited at the Grosvenor House Hotel until the end of January 2003.

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