Eye for a photo lands Wicken man with calendar prize

The winning image

The winning image - Credit: Archant

A Wicken resident’s skills with the camera are helping to raise money in support of wildlife projects all over East Anglia.

Ross Thomson (second left) receives his Anglia Co-operative Regional Wildlife Calendar prize. With h

Ross Thomson (second left) receives his Anglia Co-operative Regional Wildlife Calendar prize. With him are chief operating executive Andy Simpson (second right) and judges David Cromack (left) and Rowland Hobson (right). - Credit: Archant

Ross Thomson’s photograph of ladybirds emerging from hibernation on a frosty February morning has been selected as the February image in Anglia Co-operative’s 2014 Regional Wildlife Calendar.

All profits from the sale of the calendar will be shared between wildlife activities across Anglia Co-operative’s business area – including children’s watch groups run by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northants to bring nature closer to youngsters.

Last year’s calendar netted £15,000 and, with Christmas cards – also featuring images taken by amateur photographers – raising money for wildlife activities, the aim is to hit £50,000 this year.

Ross’s photograph was selected from more than 800 entries submitted by amateur photographers from all over eastern England to a special competition to find the 12 images for the 2014 calendar. His success earned him a £250 cash prize.


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A falconer by profession, Ross was walking his dog one morning when he spotted the ladybirds huddled together on a plant.

He spends a lot of his spare time taking photographs of wildlife and animals and modestly says: “I got lucky with that photograph, I suppose.”

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The calendar and Christmas cards are on sale at Anglia Co-operative foodstores and on-line at www.shop.coopcompetition.co.uk

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