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Understanding autism through the lens of photography

A photographer from Sussex is using his skills to challenge preconceptions about autism.

Joe James from Horsham says the condition gives him a unique perspective on the world around him.

Joe says taking pictures is his way of "bottling memories". Malcolm Shaw has been to meet him.

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'Doing bird' - squirrel in bird cage pic wins award

Roger Clark's photo won the Cute & Funny prize Credit: Marwell Wildlife/Roger Clark

It's the photograph that won Chandlers Ford man, Roger Clark, an award.

He was one of a number of Hampshire photographers who entered Marwell Wildlife's annual photography competition.

Mr Clark's entry, called 'Doing Bird', pictured a squirrel who had squeezed into a bird cage, winning him the Cute & Funny prize.

Competition judges received hundreds of images over four categories - Native Wildlife, Cute and Funny, Marwell Zoo Residents and Marwell Zoo Endangered.

Winners in Marwell Wildlife’s Photographer of the Year competition Credit: Marwell Wildlife


Regional competition highlights the finest photos

It's the longest running photographic exhibition of its kind in the world, and this year Banbury has been chosen to display the winners of the Royal Photographic Society's international competition. And several photographers from our region made it to the final one hundred. Cary Johnston reports.

More than a snapshot - Brighton Photo Biennial preview

The Brighton Photo Biennial is the largest international photography festival in the country, attracting around 100,000 visitors to the city every two years.

Andy Dickenson has taken a look behind the scenes and speaks to Biennial director Celia Davies, and artists Kalpesh Lathigra and Simon Faithfull.

"Lights between the Trees" captures tranquil New Forest

Danielle won the Seasonal Snaps photo competition with this picture of the New Forest called 'Lights between the trees' Credit: Danielle Painting

Nearly 100 people submitted their pictures of the New Forest to hopefully win the Seasonal Snaps photo competition.

But only one could win and the prize went to Danielle Painting from Bournemouth.

Her picture, named "Lights between the trees" captures the forest in the autumn.

Danielle said, "I am delighted to have won. I can not wait for the next Seasonal Snaps this summer to inspire even more great pictures of the National Park."


Head and Neck above the competition

Photographers have been given the chance to see their work on display at Worthing Hospital, by entering a new competition.

The photos will be used to adorn the new Head and Neck facility which has been created by merging the old Ear, Nose and Throat departments.

There are two categories in the competition: entrants can submit images either in the 'West Sussex' section or 'Head and Neck' to reflect clinical work.

The best entries will be hung in the new department and there will be prizes for the top three of each category.

The NHS Trust is inviting people from across West Sussex to submit photos that are appropriate for display in public areas that are interesting, amusing or beautiful.

Photos can be submitted to accompanied by a short description and location.

Beautiful photos taken for prestigious competition

This picture of a Kingfisher taken by Tom Way won "Adult Overall Winner" Credit: Tom Way
This close up of a bee won 15-year-old Emily Swettenham 'Junior Overall Winner' Credit: Emily Swettenham

This years Marwell Wildlife's Photographer of the Year was a tough competition, with judges being spoilt for choice.

Tom Way's 'Kingfisher Diving' beat off the tough competition to take the award 'Adult Overall Winner".

As well as winning the title, he also won a trip to Sweden with professional photographer Nick Garbutt as well as a range of photography equipment.

Tom said, "Normally all you see of a kingfisher is a flash of blue along the river bank."

This year's 'Junior Overall Winner' was Emily Sweetenham with her incredible close up of a bee.

She said, "I called it The Apian Way because it shows bees at work. It's taken at a National Trust property in Stourhead."

Royal Marine wins amateur photographic award

Royal Marines on exercise in the mountains of Norway Credit: Sgt Ben Briggs

A Royal Marine from Poole in Dorset has won the Royal Navy Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013 award. The prize is one of the annual Peregrine Trophy awards which celebrate the skills of professional and amateur Royal Navy and Royal Marine photographers.

Sergeant Ben Briggs, 35, entered images of his colleagues taken while they were training in tough terrain on exercise in the Norwegian mountains. He said the win made him even more enthusiastic about furthering his hobby.

Sergeant Ben Briggs has won Royal Navy Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013 Credit: Royal Navy

Sergeant Briggs said: “Norway was a really great opportunity for me to develop my limited photography skills. I really wanted to capture the aurora borealis or northern lights, as I had seen them plenty of times on previous trips to Norway but never had a camera decent enough to photograph them.

“I really wanted to try and capture a mix of the beauty and severity of the terrain, along with the physical and mental endurance of the Royal Marines.

"I’m really pleased with the results, and that my photographs have been well received by professionals has given me the enthusiasm to start experimenting with other more intricate techniques.”

One of the winning photographs in Sergeant Briggs' portfolio Credit: Sgt Ben Briggs

Bodleian secures cash for collection

The Bodleian Library has secured one point two million pounds towards the acquisition of the personal archive of nineteenth century British inventor and photographer William Henry Fox Talbot.

The money was awarded by the National Heritage Memorial Fund. The library in Oxford has until the end of February to raise the remaining one million needed to buy the collection.

The Bodleian Library's Deputy Librarian Richard Ovenden explains why the works are so important for a modern audience.

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