Wiltshire

Photographer wins national award for dormice images

  • 3 September 2014
  • From the section Wiltshire

A Wiltshire wildlife photographer has won a national award for his collection of photographs of dormice.

Former filmmaker Nick Upton, from Kingsdown near Box, has been recognised by the 2014 British Wildlife Photography Awards.

He topped the documentary series section for his collection of hazel dormice pictures, taken during a survey day in Somerset.

Mr Upton said he was "gobsmacked" to win the award.

"Documentary photography suits me because I was a filmmaker," he added.

"[I was] sort of telling stories through pictures, so it's quite natural for me to think like a storyteller as I do it."

Mr Upton, who has been doing photography since he was a child, said his hobby took off six years ago when he bought his first digital camera and the number of pictures he took "multiplied ten-fold".

"Two years ago, when I'd finished a film I decided I was going to give it a couple of years to see if I could make it as a stills photographer," he added.

"I'm a bit gobsmacked to win the award but I think the animals probably won it for me."

An exhibition of 100 images, including winning and commended entries, launched at the Mall Galleries in London.

The exhibition will then take part in a year-long tour, which includes stops in Gloucestershire and Bristol.

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