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Playful Image Of Otter Wins 2017 Thomson Ecology Photography Competition

Playful Image Of Otter Wins 2017 Thomson Ecology Photography Competition  - A cute image of a Scottish otter wins the top spot in the 2017 Thomson Ecology Photography Competition.

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Otter Rolling in the Seaweed

© Ian Stone


The winner of the 2017 Thomson Ecology Photography Competition has been announced and Ian Stone with his image 'Rolling in the Seaweed' has taken the top spot, winning the first prize of £200 plus royalties for the use of the photo.

The image was taken in July of this year, whilst Ian was visiting the Island of Unst, in the Shetland Isles - the most northerly inhabited island in Britain.

Commenting on the image, Ian said:  "We waited patiently and two hours later the otter, having caught a fish, came ashore to eat it.  After eating the fish, the otter was comfortable enough to roll itself in the seaweed to clean its fur, before silently dropping back into the water to continue in its search for food.

It is important when photographing wildlife to be cautious with the shutter, and this is especially so with the otter. The importance of being down-wind, not making any noise and the occasional use of the shutter will pay off."


Derwent Water

© Mike Morely


Three runner-up images were also chosen. Rod Lamb's image, "Island in the Mist" was taken at Crummock Water in the Lake District on a foggy November afternoon; Andrew Pearson's underwater image, "Resting Seal" skillfully captures a juvenile grey seal as it rests underwater in a kelp bed on the Isles of Scilly; and Mike Morley's image, "Derwent Water" which Mike took at sunset in the Lake District on the beach's wooden ferry jetty.

Thomson Ecology is the largest independent UK ecology consultancy in the UK and has been running a photography competition focusing on the natural world for seven years.

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