Dan Sakal’s winning image of tigers in Thailand. Photo credit: Dan Sakal.
A photography graduate of the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Maidstone has won the Daily Telegraph’s Big Picture competition.
Dan Sakal, who graduated from BA (Hons) Photography & Media Arts last year, won the ongoing photography contest on 24 April 2013.
Dan, who is 22 and from Colchester, said: "It feels great to win this competition and to know that the judges liked my photo most out of all the entries. I was really excited when I found out that my photo would be published in the Daily Telegraph because I love it when my images are used in print and they printed a really good size image, too.
This could really help kick-start my career as it will help get my name noticed and hopefully lead to more freelance work or people wanting to buy the photos that I’ve already taken."
He captured the winning image of two tigers play fighting while travelling around Thailand.
Dan explained: "I took this at a tiger sanctuary where they don’t drug the animals so when they get excited, they really get really excited and playful. I shot it on my Canon 5D Mark 3 and used my 70-200mm F2.8 lens on manual, so I could really control the light and shutter speed as the animals were so fast.
This is just one of a series of shots, but I liked this one the best because of the angle and symmetry of everything."
For more information on Dan and his work, take a look at his website