A 16-year-old amateur photographer from Whitley Bay has taken first place in the 13 – 18 category of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s annual photography competition.
Daniel McGibbon, who had previously entered in 2010 claiming third place with an image of a fly, won this year with an image of a spider wrapped around a barbed wire fence taken on the nature reserve opposite St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay.
Second place went to Samuel Hood from Killingworth. His image is of a gull with its wings outstretched on water.
The Northumberland Wildlife Trust Executive and one of the judges Mike Pratt said: “It’s brilliant to see Daniel progress from third place to first place this year with his brilliant picture of the spider. The talent in the youngsters entering the competition is fantastic and I believe we really have the future wildlife conservationists on our doorstep.”
Tim Mason, an amateur photographer and wildlife enthusiast from Amble, Northumberland has gained second place in the adult category of the competition. The image is of dunlins reflected in water. Tim has entered the competition twice before, having been awarded third prize in 2009 with an image of a butterfly which was taken at Hauxley Nature Reserve. In 2011 he entered an image of a Stoat which was also taken at Hauxley.
Richard Poyer, also from Amble, received third prize in this year’s adult category for his image of burnet moths feeding on a viper’s bugloss on flowers at Lindisfarne. Mike Pratt added that: ” The standard of photography is exceptionally high and gets harder each year so having both second and third prizes going to individuals both from Amble is fantastic”.
Amble receives recognition once again in the film category where Ruth Hawkins was the runner up with films shot at Hauxley and East Chevington Nature Reserves in Duridge Bay. The film shot at East Chevington looks at flocks of starlings and the Hauxley film features a family of stoats as they hunt and play. Both of the films can be viewed at www.nwt.org.uk.