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
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.