Elizabeth Lee, 13, from New Malden, has won the RSPCA’s Young Photographer Award ‘Instagram Photo Category’ voted by members of the public. The winning shot featured her dog, Lucky the whippet, in a field of purple heather. The photo was snapped at the Devil’s Punchbowl in Surrey.
Elizabeth said, “A few friends of mine sent me the RSPCA’s Young Photographer competition post from Instagram saying I should enter because they really like my photography, so I said I would! I love experimenting with photos and having a go at anything new. I’m so shocked that I’ve won because I saw all the other photos and they were amazing but I’m absolutely over the moon that I did and can’t wait to tell all my friends!”
She added, “Lucky is my dog and my best friend in the world. He follows me everywhere and will always happily pose for the camera. I love so many things about this photo, the beautiful colours, the gorgeous heather but most of all Lucky’s smile which is permanently on his face when we are out on our walks.”
The RSPCA’s Instagram photo category, which is part of the prestigious annual RSPCA Young Photographer Awards, was open to 13–18 year olds and attracted 1,060 entries this year – three times as many as 2019.
As the winner, Elizabeth will receive a £100 Amazon voucher and a trophy.
David Allen, Head of Prevention and Education at the RSPCA, said, “Elizabeth’s photo of Lucky is wonderful and it really shows the joys our pets bring us. We are passionate about inspiring young people to help us build a kinder world for animals and our photography competition is a chance to really celebrate that.
“Congratulations to Elizabeth and all the other runners up, whose pictures really showcased their talent and passion for animals.”
The finalists for the main competition will be notified in October and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 17 December, hosted by RSPCA ambassador, TV presenter and wildlife lover Chris Packham.
Images courtesy of RSPCA