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Image Good! The RSPCA Youth Photograph Competitors Outcomes

Beautiful, highly effective and humorous pics of pets, wildlife & cattle chosen by professional judges within the 2021 RSPCA Younger Photographer Awards

A picture of a wasp spider in its internet has received the general prime spot within the prestigious RSPCA Younger Photographer Awards 2021.

Credit score: Ben Hancock-Smith

The hanging profitable photograph, entitled ‘Hidden Beneath’, was taken by 17 yr previous Ben Hancock-Smith from Guildford, Surrey, after being singled out from greater than 6,500 entries this yr.

Yearly, the RSPCA Younger Photographer Awards invitations children aged 18 years and below to seize the animal kingdom on a digital camera or a cellular machine.

General winner Ben had entered his highly effective photograph into the ‘Small World’ class. In addition to being named this yr’s Awards’ ‘General Winner’ his wasp spider photograph received first prize within the ‘Small World’ class. This class was launched in 2020 particularly to recognise how measures to manage the pandemic meant younger individuals needed to keep near dwelling to take their images.

Winner Ben mentioned: “I’m so comfortable that the judges favored my photograph a lot.

“I discovered this wasp spider on its internet down within the grass and it  was fairly hidden away. I laid right down to attempt to get decrease than the spider so I might get the sundown coming by the grass within the image.”

It’s the second yr Ben has received an award within the RSPCA’s annual photograph competitors for younger individuals. Within the 2020 awards, he was runner up within the 16-18 class for ‘The Chase’ – a picture of a swan chasing one other swan

This yr’s awards had been blind-judged on-line by a panel of consultants in wildlife images, together with photographer and TV presenter and RSPCA Vice President Chris Packham. Additionally on the panel had been wildlife photographer and former competitors winner Catriona Parfitt, skilled wildlife photographer and photographic information Ellie Rothnie, wildlife photographer, filmmaker and former winner Dani Connor and the RSPCA’s multimedia supervisor Andrew Forsyth and senior photographer Emma Jacobs.

Photograph Credit score: Isabella Martin

Sponsors of the competitors are Nature’s Pictures (wildlife images holidays), Camtraptions (digital camera traps for wildlife images) and (sources for nature photographers).

Decide and awards host Chris Packham mentioned: “Ben’s photograph of a wasp spider actually stood out to all of us on the judging panel. We felt it was a really skillful seize, with a rigorously thought-about composition bringing color into the scene. It’s definitely distinctive in its strategy to an usually neglected species, and a really worthy winner.

“The prime quality and vary of animal images obtained this yr has been astounding, significantly given the restrictions of the pandemic. We do know that a number of of this yr’s finalists took up images when the primary covid lockdown occurred in 2020, which simply exhibits how rewarding taking eye-catching footage could be even throughout essentially the most troublesome of instances.

Photograph Credit score: Ollie Smith

“The RSPCA Younger Photographer Awards is a real celebration of the animal kingdom and one I really feel honoured to be concerned with. Each individual shortlisted must be pleased with their contribution to a world that’s kinder to all animals.”

Different class winners and runners-up in the primary Awards* included Isabella Martin (aged 9), who took first prize within the Beneath 12 Cellular Cellphone & Gadgets class for her photograph of Hattie the kitten taking part in on her mattress (pictured); Ollie Smith (aged 12), who received the 12-15 Cellular Cellphone & Gadgets class along with his image of Stingray Steve (pictured); and Joshua Myers (18) who received a Counseled within the Portfolio class along with his sequence of 5 canine images (his picture Ozzie the spaniel is pictured)

There are ten classes; below 12 (taken with a digital camera), 12 – 15 years (taken with a digital camera), 16 – 18 years (taken with a digital camera), below 12 (taken on a cellular/machine), 12 – 15 years(taken on a cellular/machine), 16 – 18 y(taken on a cellular/machine), Image Good Pets, Small World, Portfolio and Instagram.

The profitable photographs throughout the ten classes had been introduced throughout an internet awards ceremony hosted by Chris Packham on Thursday, 16 December 2021.  The ‘General Winner’ was chosen from the ten class winners by the judges.  Earlier this yr, a particular social media ‘Instagram’ RSPCA Younger Photographer Awards class passed off on-line and as well as, a collection of images from this yr’s Cellular Cellphone & Gadgets and Image Good Pets will likely be put to the general public vote within the spring of 2022 to determine the ‘Individuals’s Alternative Award.

Photograph Credit score: Joshua Myers

Reflecting on the power of the competitors this yr, Chris Packham added: “I like wanting on the work of younger photographers as they’re able to make footage that are actually, actually thrilling. Fairly often they haven’t realized the perceived guidelines that as adults we impose on ourselves after we’re making issues like pictures. As a consequence, younger individuals see with recent eyes and so they break the foolish guidelines which don’t actually exist anyway.

“We’re particularly happy that the Cellular Cellphone and Gadgets class is now firmly established, as a result of as no specialist digital camera is required, it actually opens up the competitors to nearly anybody.

“We hope that seeing a number of the fantastic photographs which have been submitted this yr will encourage different younger individuals to enter the RSPCA Younger Photographer Awards subsequent yr.”

For a full gallery of the profitable photographs* please go to:


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