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By Kathryn cross
Monday, November 19, 2012
A Fakenham photographer has had his stunning picture of a barn owl in mid-flight selected as the cover shot for a wildlife calendar in a competition run by Anglia Co-operative.
Michael Rawlings, from Great Ryburgh, also won £1,000 first prize and beat off opposition from more than 1,200 amateur photographers from all over eastern England hoping to get their images chosen for the 2013 Regional Wildlife Calendar.
He captured the shot from a hide he has built at his home overlooking the Wensum Valley.
Second prize of £500 went to Stephen Durrant, from East Walton, King’s Lynn, who had been photographing hares near his home for around two hours when he caught them in a playful mood.
Another five Norfolk photographers won £250 and had their images chosen for the calendar.
All profits from the sale of the calendar will go to wildlife projects in East Anglia, including Wildlife Trust activities in Norfolk such as the children’s clubs which help young people get closer to wildlife by providing hands-on practical activities.
Caroline Prout, Wildlife Trust corporate partnerships manager, said: “The wildlife calendar project is a great way to showcase some of the fantastic wildlife that we have in our region and the amazing talent and patience of the amateur photographers who entered. It is also a brilliant way to raise money for local wildlife projects.”
The calendar is currently on sale on at Anglia Co-operative foodstores, price £3.99, and can also be purchased online at www.angliacooperative.co.uk/food