Louth man Billy Clapham has won a national photography competition run by the Society of Biology, beating over 750 other entries.
Former Cordeaux Academy and King Edward VI Sixth Form student Billy, who is now in his third year at Sheffield University reading Zoology, took the winning picture in the Society’s annual Photographer of the Year competition.
Billy, 20, who now lives in Utterby when he’s home from university, beat hundreds of other entries with his image of a blackbird in his back garden, titled ‘The Suburban Mum’.
The judges felt the photo cleverly expressed how garden birds have come to share our homes with us, fitting this year’s theme of ‘home, habitat and shelter’.
Judge Tim Harris, from Nature Picture Library, said: “Billy’s image of a female blackbird in a suburban garden captures a familiar subject in a bold and fresh way.
“Gardens provide valuable habitat for wildlife in an increasingly urbanised world, and this delightful image shows that it isn’t necessary to travel to remote and inaccessible places to photograph interesting animal behaviour.”
Billy’s winning shot published alongside the other contestants on The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Mirror and The Telegraph websites, as well as in the print editions of the Mirror and The Times.
He said: “I’ve been passionate about wildlife all my life and photography provides me with a way to express that passion and gives me a strong connection with nature.
“I’ve always loved the style of wildlife photography that shows the animal in a wider context in their habitat, and the theme of the competition suited this style perfectly,
“This is the first photography competition of this size that I have done well in, so I am honoured to have won! It’s been really exciting to see my photo all over the internet and national media, and the prize money will go a long way in helping to build up my photography kit.
In the future I aspire to combine my zoology degree and photography and become a wildlife cameraman.”
• If you want to see some more of Billy’s photography, visit www.billyclapham.co.uk