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UWE lecturer wins national wildlife photography award

A lecturer at the University of the West of England has won a national photography award with this striking image of tadpoles taken on the University’s Frenchay Campus:

'Tadpoles', by Dr Jeanette Sakel Credit: Dr Jeanette Sakel

Dr Jeanette Sakel, a Linguistics lecturer and National Teaching Fellow, took the top prize in the ‘Close to Nature’ category of this year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards.

The ‘Close to Nature’ category in the BWPA encourages photographers to explore the beauty of nature close up.

The day I took the photo I had decided to do something different for my lunch break. I had brought in my camera to see if I could capture the year’s first dragonflies at the pond. I noticed movement just below the water’s surface: a myriad of tadpoles, swirling at great speed around the water, forming intricate patterns.

I lay down, the hood of my macro lens almost touching the water, and experimented with manual camera settings to capture the movement below the surface. Underexposing the image to achieve a fast shutter-speed, I captured the winning photo

– Dr Jeanette Sakel