A Surrey teenager has won the RSPCA’s Young Photographer Award ‘Instagram Photo Category’ voted on by members of the public.
Elizabeth Lee, 13, from New Malden, entered the RSPCA photo competition with a picture of her dog, Lucky, surrounded by a field of beautiful purple heather, which was snapped at the Devil’s Punchbowl in Surrey.
The teenager won against fierce competition from the other four shortlisted images, meaning Elizabeth will now receive a £100 Amazon voucher and a trophy.
She said: “Lucky is my dog and my best friend in the world. He follows me everywhere and will always happily pose for the camera. I love so many things about this photo, the beautiful colours, the gorgeous heather but most of all Lucky’s smile which is permanently on his face when we are out on our walks.”
David Allen, head of prevention and education at the RSPCA, said: “Elizabeth’s photo of Lucky is wonderful and it really shows the joys our pets bring us. We are passionate about inspiring young people to help us build a kinder world for animals and our photography competition is a chance to really celebrate that.
“Congratulations to Elizabeth and all the other runners up, whose pictures really showcased their talent and passion for animals.”
The Instagram category is part of the annual RSPCA Young Photographer Awards, which has also broken records this year with more than 10,000 entries. The competition is now in its 30th year.
The final winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in December, hosted by RSPCA ambassador, TV presenter Chris Packham.