Photographer earns herself picture prizes

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A professional wildlife photographer from Barmston has been rated among the top 10 in an international competition for the second year running.

Marie Warwick’s stunning work was awarded a top ten place in the Open Category of the Guild of Photographers Image of the Year Competition, and runner up in the Image of the Year in the Bird Category.

Marie, 46, of Hollycroft, Barmston, said: “The competition as a whole this year has been a real tough one. Photographers from across the UK & Europe have entered some incredible strong and stunning images consistently throughout the year.

“I feel very humbled and proud to be among the winners.”

Guild members submit an image of the month during the year. Each is judged and awarded points and bronze, silver or gold. A picture of Zebras earned her the runners up accolade and a gold rating but her picture of an Arctic Tern attracted the highest praise.

Guild Director Steven Thirsk, said: “Getting a monthly award is one thing, but obtaining awards month after month is another. The Photographer of the Year title means producing that one very special image”.

Marie juggles her love of wildlife photography with a full time job as operations manager at Cambrai Aircraft Covers in Langtoft.

“I have had tremendous support from my partner Brian,” said Marie who has two grown up children.

She would also like to be able to stage a local exhibition of her best work. “I think every wildlife photographer’s dream is to be able to host a BBC wildlife programme,” she said. More examples of her work can be seen on her website: www.marieliannewildlifephotography.co.uk.