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Nuts About Young Talent - A photo of a quizzical red squirrel peeking out of the woodland dusk has beaten off stiff competition to be named overall winner of the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards 2011 (YPA11).
Will Nicholls, 16, from Hexham, was presented with his prize at a ceremony at the Tower of London for his image of the quizzical red squirrel animal taken in Keilder Forest, Northumberland. He also won the 16-18 category for the same snapshot of the squirrel pausing for thought as a ray of evening sunlight casts across its face.
Award-winning photographer Danny Green was one of the judges of the awards and will provide the specialist three-day wildlife photography break which makes up part of Will’s prize.
Other winners include 17-year-old Sam Rowley from Richmond, who topped the Portfolio category with a selection of images of deer – including stags locking antlers, another bellowing into the dawn mist and a mother cleaning her fawn’s ear.
Two excited Whippets skipping along a beach won 16-year-old Amy Wilton from Fareham the Pet Personalities category; a synchronised caterpillar eating team at the end of the garden meant that Georgia Hardy, 12, of Bristol, topped the 12-15 group; and a misty portrait of a Black Tailed Godwit standing one-legged on a post won 10-year-old Sophie Bramall from Stafford the under-12s category.
The awards were presented by wildlife filmmaker and TV presenter Simon King, who also helped judge the awards. He said: "The standard of the entries this year has been just incredible and it is a privilege to be involved in this competition.
For more information please visit the RSPCA website.