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Hitchin man wins British Wildlife Photography Awards

'Behind Bars' (Grey heron) taken by Daniel Trim from Hitchin, Hertfordshire Credit: Daniel TRim

A photo of a heron taken by a photographer from Hertfordshire has won the British Wildlife Photography awards.

Daniel Trim from Hitchin took this urban picture called 'Behind bars' of the bird hunting in the cover of a bridge in London.

Fairytale images of a single bluebell among greenery and Narnia-like woods covered in snow, an action shot of a swift skimming water and portraits of fish, spiders and butterflies are among the winning photos in the contest.

Prizes for top pictures were awarded in fourteen categories, including ones that focus on the coast, close-up images of the natural world, video and the same subject through the seasons.

Other winners from the East of England include:

'Seal in Seaweed Garden', Coast & Marine Overall Winner, Alex Mustard, Peterborough Credit: Alex Mustard
  • Tom Hartwell from Marlow in Buckinghamshire with his video called 'Dancing spiders' in the wildlife HD video category.
  • Alex Mustard from Peterborough for a picture of a seal in a seaweed garden in the coast and marine category.
  • Robin Chittenden from Norwich for his picture of a Common Swift skimming water to win the animal behaviour category.
Animal behaviour category, Common Swift skimming water Credit: Robin Chittenden

To mark the 10th year of the competition, and to help raise awareness of the coasts and the threats they are facing, the awards have expanded. The coast and marine category now includes British and Irish coastlines within four separate categories: Wales, Scotland, England, and Northern Ireland and the Coast of Ireland.