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Newbury’s favourite wildlife photo winners announced





THE winners of The Base ‘My Wildlife’ photography competition have been announced.

Photographers of all ages were asked to capture the wonders of wildlife and the natural world.

The competition is inspired by the Natural History Museum’s prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year 59 exhibition, which opens on Friday at The Base and runs to April 14.

With nearly 150 entries, the panel of expert judges including N2 arts editor Trish Lee and photographer Phil Cannings from Newbury Weekly News and professional photographer Philip Tull had the difficult task in whittling down the superb photographs to just 20 in each age category.

It was then up to the public in an online Facebook vote to decide their favourites.

Mia Lamb, Untitled
Mia Lamb, Untitled
Felix Brims, Ladybird
Felix Brims, Ladybird

Mia Lamb (aged14) was crowned winner of the under-18s category with her photograph October Walk which depicts a crowd of mushrooms growing on a mossing branch, and Felix Brims (aged nine) was awarded with the Runner Up prize with his photo Ladybird.

Darren Goodger
Darren Goodger
Deb Heath, Hunting Barn Owl
Deb Heath, Hunting Barn Owl

In the over-18s category Darren Goodger’s Two Heads Are Better Than One was awarded first place.

Deborah Heath’s Hunting Barn Owl took second place.

The two winners will receive a Family ticket to Marwell Wildlife Zoo, near Winchester, as well as a Base Pass Plus and Family Base Pass, which gives them unlimited entry to The Base Gallery for a whole year.

Darren, the over-18s winner, also gets the chance to enjoy an animal experience at Marwell Wildlife Zoo.

Mia, the under-18s winner, gets a goody bag full of Marwell treats.

All 40 of the finalists’ pictures are now on display in the Runway Gallery at The Base for visitors to enjoy throughout the week.

Featuring exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour and spectacular species, the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year 59 uses photography’s unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, encouraging a future of advocating for the planet.

The exhibition will open at The Base Greenham on Friday - open 10am – 5pm Wednesday to Sunday and Tuesdays during the Easter holidays until Sunday, April 14.



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