Budding Crowborough photographer wins competition accolades


A talented young photographer from Crowborough has been celebrating his recent success in Marwell Wildlife’s annual photography competition.

Photo James Welch, awarded first prize in the Junior Endangered category.

James Welch, 15, has been awarded first prize in the Junior Endangered category with his photo of a relaxed gibbon.

James from Crowborough said:

I captured the gibbon shot at Marwell Zoo on a junior photographer day that I won from last years’ Photographer of the year competition!

James’s image of guillemot in flight was also runner-up in the Junior Native category, along with a commendation in the same category for his image of avocets mating and another commendation in the Junior Marwell Residents category.

When asked about James ‘gibbon’ image Laura Barwick, Image Consultant for BBC Natural History Unit and the competition’s head judge said:

It’s hard to tell who is studying who here! There is such a gentle but curious expression on this gibbon’s face, James has taken a lovely, relaxed portrait.

James’s winning images will be exhibited at Marwell Zoo in Hampshire for 12 months.  He also received an annual membership to Marwell Zoo and professional prints of his winning photographs.

Photo James Welch
Photo James Welch. Avocets mating awarded a commendation in the Junior Marwell Residents category.

This year’s top prize is a 5 day Poland photography trip from wildlife holiday specialists Wildlife Worldwide and The Travelling Naturalist worth £1,000 along with an annual subscription to Digital Photographer magazine.

Other prizes included a special day at Marwell Zoo incorporating a Junior Photographic Experience, annual memberships and camera equipment.

Marwell is delighted to announce that Winchester based wildlife travel specialists, Wildlife Worldwide and The Travelling Naturalist once again sponsored the popular competition.

As well as providing some fantastic prizes, Wildlife Worldwide have sponsored this year’s competition to the tune of £1,000 to help Marwell’s conservation work with Grevy’s Zebra in Africa.

These funds will contribute towards Marwell’s field work in Kenya’s arid northern rangelands to promote conservation awareness, as well as training workshops for newly recruited community scouts in data-collection methods. This work is ultimately aimed at providing an overarching framework for community-based conservation of Grevy’s zebra as a flagship species, and wildlife conservation in general, in areas which have not previously been assessed or included in Kenya’s national conservation and management strategies.

Photo James Welch. Guillemot in flight runner-up in the Junior Native category.

Judges for this year’s competition included:

  • Laura Barwick, Image Consultant for BBC Natural History Unit.
  • Jason Brown multi-international award-winning wildlife photographer
  • Chris Breen, Managing Director – Wildlife Worldwide
  • Stuart Martin, award-winning news photographer from The Daily Echo
  • Amy Squibb, Editor – Digital Photographer Magazine


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