Snapper Valerie takes top spot for snail shot

Val Wright with her winning image.
Val Wright with her winning image.

Keen Boddam snapper Valerie Wright has won a top prize in a national photographic competition.

Valerie was one of 10,000 amateur photographers who entered the Daily Mail’s Great British Wildlife Photographic Challenge.

There were five categories in total and Val’s image of a snail munching on clover was chosen as the winner of category four - fish, reptiles and amphibians.

Val, who is a member of Peterhead Camera Club, was over the moon when she heard she had won.

Julia Bradbury, one of the judges of the competition, was mot impressed by the detail in the image ‘from the drops in the blades of grass to the eyes on the top of the tentacles’.

Val’s prize is a Nikon 1 V2 digital camera and lens package to the value of £1,000.

Meanwhile, Thursday night saw the first results of Peterhead Camera Club’s annual internal competition.

Judge, Allan Adam, travelled down from Moray to present the scores and his comments on the entries to the assembled members.

The theme for this competition was “Live Performance” which Allan admitted was an extremely difficult topic to undertake.

Nevertheless he was sufficiently impressed to award a high proportion of excellent scores.

The overall winner with a score of 75/80 was Stewart Sievwright who has only been with the club for a year.

Second place went to Andrew Simpson and third was Mike Hawthorne.

Another newcomer, Norma Taylor, was a very commendable fourth.