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'Jumping Umbrella': a prize winning pic

A Welsh photographer beat thousands to claim second prize in an online photo competition.

A Welsh photographer won £2000 with this entry Credit: Nadya Migai

Almost 6,000 people entered a competition run by watchmakers Christopher Ward to share images of the places, people and sights they feel best express what 'makes Britain tick'. Nadya Migai, originally from Moldova but now living in Wales, entered the competition with a photo entitled 'Jumping Umbrella'. She has won £2000 for coming second.

“This shot was taken about two months ago in Manchester during an informal photo trip. It was a cold rainy Manchester day (of course!) and the girl in the picture matched so perfectly to the surroundings that it felt like she belonged to that place.

For me, the moody weather completed the picture and it’s a real 'Mary Poppins' moment!”

– Nadya Migai
First prize: a candid shot of commuters at a tube station Credit: Benjie Aguilera Brown

First prize went to Benjie Aguilera Brown for his candid capture of a crowd of texting commuters lost in their own worlds on a tube station platform.

Third prize: a morris minor by the sea Credit: Charlotte Docker

A top 100 shortlist of images was whittled down via the number of likes received on photo sharing website Instagram. These top 100 were then put forward to a judging panel. Charlotte Docker came third with her image of a morris minor at the seaside.


P..p..p..penguin school has begun!

A summer school for five penguin chicks has opened for the Class of 2015.

Cogsworth and Thumper are in a flap about starting school Credit: Folly Farm

Summer holiday countdown might be on for children in Wales, but for another set of youngsters, ‘school’ is about to start.

The first two penguin chicks at Folly Farm have fledged from the nest and been taken into a special penguin nursery enclosure where they will learn key penguin survival skills.

All five penguin chicks at the zoo have been named after Disney characters - Cogsworth, Bagheera, Abu, Scuttle and Thumper.

Eventually the penguin chicks will re-join their families in the main enclosure Credit: Folly Farm

After a few months at 'Penguin school' they will graduate back into the penguin community in a few months' time.

In the wild, half of all penguin chicks won’t survive by themselves. As they are an endangered species, Folly Farm is one of many zoos that takes the young penguins into a nursery enclosure until their waterproof feathers are fully grown, and they have learned to eat independently.

Abu the penguin will learn the 'bare necessities' at school Credit: Folly Farm

Folly Farm currently has 35 penguins, including the five new chicks. The eldest penguin, at 22 years of age, is Holly, closely followed by her partner of some 20 years, Harry. Penguin life expectancy is around 22 in the wild and 30 in captivity.

What a result! Welsh footballers help in marriage proposal

A man from the Valleys employed a unique way of proposing to his girlfriend - by recruiting stars of the Welsh national football team to help.

Matthew recruited the likes of Wales captain Ashley Williams to help. Credit: Matthew Davies

Matthew Davies from Aberdare arranged the film after speaking to a friend who worked at the Football Association of Wales.

Both Matthew and his partner Vicky Griffiths are footy mad, with Vicky a big fan of Swansea City.

The pair met five years again when Matthew, himself a supporter of local side Merthyr Town, began following the national side to home and away games.

Wales boss Chris Coleman called Matthew Credit: Matthew Davies

In fact the couple's first trip abroad together was to Switzerland in 2010, where they saw Wales fall to a disappointing 4-1 defeat in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

But with the national side on the up and so close to securing their place in Euro 2016, Matthew has seized the opportunity to score a blinder himself.

And in case you were wondering...Vicky said yes.

"So I just asked Vicky whether she would marry me. But being a footy nut as well I showed her this video on my phone of me and my pals. Would they persuade her to say yes?........Yes it worked"

– Matthew Davies

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Katherine Jenkins honoured by Snowdon railway

Classical-crossover singer Katherine Jenkins OBE has had a carriage named in her honour by Snowdon Mountain Railway.

Katherine Jenkins cuts the ribbon on her honorary carriage Credit: ITV News/Ian Lang

Katherine, who's expecting her first baby later this year, becomes only the third person to receive the honour. She follows fellow singer Bryn Terfel and cycling star Sir David Brailsford.

Born in Neath, Katherine is one of the world's most famous classical singers, selling more than eight million albums worldwide.

She's also the first female artist to win two Classical BRIT Awards in a row.

Her carriage will become a familiar sight for the thousands of people who use the railway. Last year alone it saw more than 130,000 passengers.

I’m honoured to be one of only three people invited to have a carriage named after me by Snowdon Mountain Railway.This will be the first time I have visited the summit and what a great way to do so!

– Katherine Jenkins OBE

Today's ceremony is being held to recognise Katherine’s musical and charitable achievements and her contribution as an international ambassador for Wales.


Mountain 'cries for help' turn out to be goats bleating

Mountain rescuers in Snowdonia who responded to cries for help said no one appeared in distress - and the sounds were probably goats bleating.

Rescuers responded to reported 'cries for help' - but it's now thought the sounds were goats bleating. Credit: ITV News

The sounds, reported by a walker, appeared to be coming from the lower slopes of 3,000ft Tryfan.

But Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team said there were climbers and other walkers still on the peak and no sign of anyone in distress.

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