|Photo by Cheryl Surry.
ePHOTOzine member, Cheryl Surry
has won the BBC's Countryfile Photographic Competition
The picture, Snowy Squirrel, was taken near Kincraig in Scotland, a location Cheryl's particularly fond of because of the red squirrels that can be found there.
'Wild and Wonderful' was this year's theme, and Countryfile received 31,322 entries, three times as many as last year. Judges said the standard of entries was very high but, in the end, Countryfile viewers liked Cheryl's image the best.
“I only found out I won at the same time as everyone else so it was quite a surprise
,” said Cheryl. “I had figured that the winner would already know as they tend to film a piece with them so I was watching the show just to see what image people had voted for.
Cheryl doesn't really enter that many competitions as she usually forgets, misses the deadline or just doesn't have the time to get herself organised. She only actually sent the entry for this competition the day before the closing date!
“I did think long and hard about it and eventually figured I had nothing to lose! I also wanted to do my bit for a worthwhile charity
,” explained Cheryl.
Two main factors influenced her competition entry choice: how cute the image was and the time of year the photograph was taken. As cute images did particularly well in the past and because Cheryl believed there would be proportionally less images entered for the winter months, a red squirrel, being an icon of British wildlife and in a winter setting had to have a chance of making an impact on the judging panel and as the results show, it did!
Cheryl's image will now feature in next year's Countryfile calendar.