15:10 Wednesday 23 October 2013

Photographer scoops prize in wildlife calender competition

Written byJORDAN DAY

An amateur photographer’s skills are helping to raise money to support wildlife projects across East Anglia.

Ross Thomson’s photograph of ladybirds emerging from hibernation on a frosty February morning has been selected as the February image in Anglia Co-operative’s 2014 Regional Wildlife Calendar.

All profits from the sale of the calendar will be shared between wildlife activities across Anglia Co-operative’s business area – including children’s watch groups run by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire to bring nature closer to youngsters.

Last year’s calendar raised £15,000 and, with Christmas cards – also featuring images taken by amateur photographers – raising money for wildlife activities, the aim is to hit £50,000 this year.

Ross’s photograph was selected from over 800 entries and his success earned him a £250 cash prize.

A falconer by profession, Ross, from Wicken, was walking his dog one morning when he spotted the ladybirds huddled together on a plant.

He spends a lot of his spare time taking photographs of wildlife and animals and speaking about the prize, he modestly said: “I got lucky with that photograph I suppose.”

The calendar and Christmas cards are on sale at Anglia Co-operative food stores and online at www.shop.coopcompetition.co.uk.

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