A PHOTOGRAPHER from Bromsgrove has taken the top spot in the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s annual calendar competition, writes Jacob McDonald.
John Caswell submitted an image of a nuthatch photographed at Pepper Wood.
After winning 55 per cent of the vote, and thus featuring on the front cover, he said “I was amazed when I received an e-mail to tell me that my image was one of the 12 selected for the 2018 calendar.
“I was even more surprised that it had been shortlisted for cover; there were some superb images in the running.
“To actually have been voted for overall winner, I am over the moon.
“Worcester Wildlife Trust reserves give me the opportunity to pursue my hobby
“I am really pleased I have played a small part in raising funds for the Trust and I hope the calendar brings lots of pleasure to many people.”
Out of the final twelve shots, four were distributed to the public to choose an overall winner.
Other winners include Ruth Borne, from Droitwich Spa, and her image of Eades Meadow National Nature Reserve as well as Lyndon Bracewell, from Worcester, and his photo of an aspen leaf-rolling weevil, captured at Trench Wood.
Three of the 12 winning snaps from the Worcestershire Trust’s 2018 calendar were taken in and around Bromsgrove.
They were deemed strong in showcasing the diversity and triumph of the county’s wildlife.
The competition runs from November to April and is open to any photographer taking photos of wildlife across Worcestershire. Staff of the Trust, aided by previous winners Jason Curtis and Pete Walkden, judged the images and the winners will now have their images featured in the charity’s calendar, where all proceeds will directly benefit the Trust to protect local wildlife.
Organiser of the competition, Wendy Carter, said: “We had a fantastic response to this year’s competition with more than 330 images entered by 60 photographers and we’d like to thank everyone who entered.
“We think we’ve got another beautiful calendar that really does show Worcestershire at its best whilst also celebrating the talent of our local photographers.”
She said receiving so many photographs illustrated the county was rich in wildlife and the entrants’ senses were alert to this unexpected and thrilling natural world.
“Watching wildlife wherever you are- whether it’s in your garden, in a local greenspace or at your nearby nature reserve- can be incredibly rewarding and exciting.”