8th Dec, 2016

The picture of success for pair

Aaron Wise 1st Aug, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A DUO of budding Pershore photographers have won a prestigious competition to have their images featured in a wildlife calendar.

Gary Lawson and Sarah Fowle recently had their nature-inspired photographs chosen to be in Worcestershire Wildlife Trust’s 2017 calendar, ahead of more than 50 photographers.

Mr Lawson’s ‘Ferns and Bluebells’ photo, which was taken in Tiddesley Wood Nature Reserve, won the month of May and Ms Fowle’s ‘A Coot’s Eye View’ image, which was taken at Avon Meadows Community Wetlands, won the cover of June.

Mr Lawson said: “Spring is always my favourite time of year because it’s a time full of new growth and colour. The bluebells in Tiddesley Wood are stunning to photograph, but when the ferns emerge it almost looks alien and I really like that.

“I thought it would create a great contrast in the photo.”

Ms Fowle said: “I noticed a coot family scooting out from under the boardwalk and I wondered what it would look like from their perspective, so I lay on my front and held my camera just above the water to take the photo.”

Wendy Carter, organiser of the competition said: “We’re so lucky in Worcestershire to not just live in a beautiful place, but to also have so many fantastic photographers who capture our wildlife and wild places.

“Judging this annual competition seems to get harder each year but it really does engage all our staff. We believe we’ve got another great calendar this year that shows off our county at its best.”

The calendar is available to buy from the Trust’s offices or on its online shop for £7, with all proceeds going directly to the work of the Trust to protect Worcestershire’s wildlife.

Visit the charity’s Flickr photo stream at www.flickr.com/photos/worcestershirewildlifetrust to view the calendar.