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Cumbria student is picture perfect

Iain's photograph scooped first prize Photo: Iain Challis

A University of Cumbria student has scooped first prize in the Cumbria Wildlife Trust's photography competition.

Iain Challis, 19, was the winner in the 'Meadow Wildlife' category, and he also finished third in the 'Artistic Vision' section, giving him a first placed finish overall.

The second-year wildlife media degree student received £125 in vouchers for photography equipment and both his winning images featured in Cumbria Wildlife Trust's 2015 calendar.

“I’ve always been fascinated by photography, probably because my dad is a keen photographer. I’ve been taking my own photos for the past 10 years or so, and when I came across the wildlife media degree at the University of Cumbria, I knew it was perfect for me. From an early age I knew that I wanted to become a wildlife cameraman - through photography or film.

“When I took the winning photo, I’d been watching the hares for most of the day. I noticed a lone hare sitting on the edge of the meadow nibbling away at the grass. My main goal was to capture its natural feeding habits but also get the detail in the fur to show the damp conditions.

“It became my favourite shot, above all the rest I took that day, because of the hare’s eye. It’s in beautiful focus, and you can just stare into it all day.”

“For me, becoming a professional wildlife cameraman is the goal, and I’m not going to give up until I get there; I can’t see my life going any other way.”

– Iain Challis