Photographer wins national award for dormice images

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.

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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.

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"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."

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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".

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"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."

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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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