Aspiring photographers from across the UK battled it out for top spot in a contest that resulted in breath-taking pictures of some of the world’s most endangered animals.
From moody and monochrome, to charismatic cats and fabulous feathers, a photography competition run by Blackpool Zoo saw more than 890 entries in six categories with adult and junior winners and highly commended selected for each. The winning pictures will go on display.
The overall adult winner was Glyn Nightingale, 45, from Preston. His snap of one of the free roaming peacocks was hailed as picture perfect by the judges.
Glyn said: “I feel extremely proud to have been named as the winner after a life-long interest in photography. In the past five years I have been taking more and more pictures and have created a Facebook page, which is home to my finest work including scenery, animals and portraits, so official recognition is fabulous!
“I visit Blackpool Zoo two or three times a year with my partner Jennifer and children Aaron and Cora and always take lots of photographs – and can’t wait to go again!”
The junior champion was Jack Richardson, 10, from St Annes. His close up black and white picture of a howler monkey captured every detail on the primate’s face.
His mum, Karen, said: “Jack was quite literally jumping for joy when I told him that he was the overall winner of the junior section.
“I took Jack and his older brother Ben to the zoo after hearing about the competition and they both took lots and lots of pictures!”