Young photographers from the Midlands have won big at the national RSPCA photography competition.

The RSPCA Young Photography competition invited people up to the age of 18 to submit photos they'd taken of animals on their cameras or mobile phones.

This year's competition, which attracted over 6,500 entries, was judged anonymously by a panel that included TV presenters Patrick Aryee and Chris Packham, and award-winning photographers Jules Cox and Andrew Forsyth.

A number of the winners, as well as those given special commendations, were young people from the Midlands.

Grace Jones, 16, Stoke-on-Trent - Overall Winner

Grace's entry not only won the Picture Perfect Pets category, but also won Overall Winner prize Credit: Grace Jones

The winner of the night was 'Tinker's Gaze,' by Grace Jones. She took the photo of her cat Tinker, who was staring out of her bedroom window and watching the birds outside.

It was the first time a photo taken on a mobile phone won the top prize in the competition.

"I’m so happy that the judges liked my photo so much.

Grace Jones

She added that the photo inspired her to study A-level Photography at college.

Katie Sales, 15, Kidderminster - Winner

Katie's entry is named ‘Albie’ Credit: Katie Sales

Oliver Ross, 18, Derbyshire - Runner-up

Oliver's entry is named ‘Patterns’ Credit: Oliver Ross

Thomas Meynell, 16, Sutton-in-Ashfield - Winner

Thomas's entry is named ‘Sunrise grebe family’ Credit: Thomas Meynell

Autumn Reading, 11, Birmingham - Winner

Autumn's entry is called ‘Reflection’ Credit: Autumn Reading

Leo Scott, 15, Lincolnshire - Commended

Leo's entry was is named ‘Governed by the clouds’ Credit: Leo Scott

“I am always hugely impressed impressed by the standard of images entered into the competition.

Julian Cox, Judge

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