Lymington teenager Enzo Olliff wins runner-up prize in RSPCA national photography competition
A LYMINGTON teenager was pipped at the post in a national photography competition which attracted more than 6,500 entries.
Enzo Olliff (14) was chosen as runner-up in the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards mobile phone and devices category for his image named 'Wasp With Attitude'.
Enzo said: "I’m so happy that the judges liked my photo so much. I took the photo in spring, when I was in my garden trying to capture some macro images of insects.
"I had an apexel lens on my phone and got in as close as I could to this wasp who seemed particularly keen on this individual flower, so gave me a few short seconds to snap a shot."
It was taken on his Samsung mobile phone with a macro lens attached.
This year’s awards were judged online by a panel of experts in wildlife photography, including TV presenter and RSPCA vice-president Chris Packham.
Mr Packham said: "The high quality and range of animal photos received this year has been astounding, particularly given the restrictions of the pandemic.
"We do know that several of this year’s finalists took up photography when the first Covid lockdown happened in 2020, which just shows how rewarding taking eye-catching pictures can be even during the most difficult of times."
He added: "The RSPCA young photographer awards are a true celebration of the animal kingdom and one I feel honoured to be involved with. Every person shortlisted should be proud of their contribution to a world that’s kinder to all animals."