Sussex Wildlife Trust judges, headed up by professional international wildlife photographer David Plummer, selected 12 finalists from over 600 entries for its online photography competition. Then it was over to the public, when over 750 people voted for their favourite.
It was a close contest, but a clear winner emerged – Maxine Dodds of Rudgwick, Horsham, with this beautiful shot of a Vole in a Foxglove called ‘Pretty in Pink’.
Maxine took the photograph with her Canon 16 Mk II on a lunchtime walk last July in woodland near Crawley. ‘I was in the right place at the right time. When you’re holding a camera, you see and notice things differently. I love photographing wildlife, especially macro shots. I’m absolutely blown away to have won.’
Primary school teacher Emma Varley from Pulborough was voted runner-up with her ethereal photo of a Common Blue butterfly, ‘It’s one of my favourite butterflies to photograph,’ she tells us. ‘I found this beauty at Sullington Warren on a warm July evening earlier this year whilst walking my dog.’
Maxine has won £100, Emma has won a pair of reusable Keep Cups and Sussex Wildlife Trust’s 2020 printed calendar.
All 12 finalists’ photographs will feature in Sussex Wildlife Trust’s 2020 online calendar, available to download in December this year. The photos will also feature on social media and the Trust’s members magazine. They will be displayed at Sussex Wildlife Trust’s AGM in Shoreham-by-Sea on 9 November and in the Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton. Maxine has also been offered the chance to take over the Trust’s Instagram account for a week.