Comedy dog photo impresses judge Chris Packham in the annual Breckland Photography Competition

This eye-catching snap of a mischievous dog has triumphed in the annual Breckland Photography Competition after impressing judges including TV's Chris Packham.

The shot, by Jim Mortram of Yaxham, near Dereham, won the humour category and then went on to take top prize.

Now in its third year, the competition has proved more popular than ever, attracting more than a hundred entries from people across the district.

'Jim observed the opportunity here,' the television presenter said. 'He cleverly made focus of a cluttered picture. I could draw that picture now, it was that memorable. Jim has a keen eye for observation.'

Adam Heritage from Watton was victorious in the People category, 14-year-old Rebecca Holm from Attleborough was named the winner in the Young Snapper category and Paul Stearman from Dereham won the Landscapes and Livestock section, which proved to be the most popular category.

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They will each receive �100 for their efforts and see their work displayed at venues throughout Breckland.

Mr Packham, a professional photographer and wildlife enthusiast, said he had enjoyed judging the competition, which was organised by Breckland Council.

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'People enter their best photos and I find this very rewarding – I get bored of looking at my own photos!' he said. 'When looking at photos I am deeply ruthless. The only way to improve is to be rigorously critical.

'The objective is to try and continually improve and make your photographs perfect. Each situation is unique, which is another challenge.

'Good photography is about technical ability, the process and personal interpretation. You should use reality to try and say something that hasn't been said before'.

Lynda Turner executive member for localism, community and environmental services at Breckland Council, added: 'This competition gives Breckland the opportunity to recognise the fantastic talent that's out there and I would like to thank everyone who entered photographs.

'As entries were sent digitally this year, everyone had the opportunity to see and enjoy other people's work on Flickr – this worked really well and there were over 1,400 views!'

The winning photographs will feature in exhibitions taking place in October and November, starting at Dereham Library from October 3 to 8.

They will be shown at Attleborough Library from October 10 to 15, at Swaffham Community Centre from October 17 to 22, at Watton's Dragonfly Gallery from October 24 to 29 and at Thetford Library from October 31 to November 5.

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