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.