Top pictures win awards

TEENAGE twins were among the winners of a prestigious photography competition to capture Suffolk's wildlife in action.

TEENAGE twins were among the winners of a prestigious photography competition to capture Suffolk's wildlife in action.

Sixteen year olds Paul and Ryan Edwards, of Badingham, won praise from the judges, as did overall competition winner David Hermon, 39, of Felixstowe.

Mr Hermon's photograph of gulls during a feeding frenzy, taken with his Cannon EOS one mark 3 digital SLR, impressed judges with its excellent composition and technical execution.

“A great action shot - so often bird pictures are static but this is electrifying,” said judges Bill Baston, Nick Oliver and Steve Aylward, all photographers themselves.

Mr Hermon, who runs his own sound and lighting company, said: “I was visiting the lake at Wrentham when my attention was drawn to this incredible din on the water. I immediately started taking photos of the squabbling gulls.” Paul Edwards won the category for best East Anglian mammal, reptile or amphibian and was also judged as overall runner-up, while Ryan won best British wildlife photograph for 16s and under.

Paul's winning shot was of a hungry stoat pursuing a blackbird near his home at Badingham, while his brother was rewarded for his picture of gannets at nest taken at Bempton Cliffs, Yorkshire.

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The pair, both pupils at Thomas Mills High School, also enjoy filming wildlife and their footage of barn owl was featured in this year's BBC Springwatch five minute films.

Although the boys share a camera - a Canon 40D digital SLR - they admit there is some good natured rivalry between them.

Both are intent on pursuing their wildlife photography and filming interests as a career. Their work is on display at the Badingham garage shop, where postcards of their wildlife photographs are also on sale.

The competition was run by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust with sponsorship from binocular and telescope specialists In Focus.

Now in its tenth year, the competition attracted a record number of over 220 high quality photographs.

“The aim is to find amateur photographers who best capture the beauty and significance of our local wildlife and to help them bring their work to a wide audience in a superb natural setting,” said Oka Russell, of the trust.

All winning photos and the best of the rest will be on public display at the competition exhibition at Redgrave and Lopham Fen reserve centre from August 23 to 25 and 30 to 31 and September 6 to 7, open each time from 10am to 5pm.

The overall winner will receive a prize of a pair of binoculars donated by In Focus. The winning photos will also be published in Suffolk Wildlife magazine.

Winners:

Overall Competition winner, David Herman from Felixstowe with Feeding Frenzy. Highly commended, Rob Howard from Great Cornard with Dunlin Walking

Overall Competition Runner up, Paul Edwards with Hungry Stoat.

Best East Anglian Mammal, Reptile or Amphibian, Paul Edwards, Badingham with Hungry Stoat. Highly commended, John Lewington with Frogs Mating.

Best East Anglian Invertebrate, Roy Dalliston from Pulham Market, Norfolk, with Dark Bush Cricket. Highly commended, John Lewington with Funnel Web Spider and Prey.

Best East Anglian Plant or Fungi, Miss L Jackson, Halesworth, with Pyramidal Orchid at Frostenden. Highly commended, R Riddell with Branched Oyster Honey Fungi

Best East Anglian Landscape, David Herman, , Felixstowe, with Dawn Awakening. Highly commended, Richard Davies with Winter Sunset at Levington Creek.

Young photographer Best British Wildlife, Ryan Edwards, Badingham, with Gannets at Nest. Highly commended, Cameron Smith with Dung Beetle.