Vote Now For Your Favourite Pet Picture
Six teenagers from across England are after your vote in the RSPCA’s prestigious Young Photographer Awards (YPA) after being shortlisted for the competition’s People’s Choice Award.
The budding snappers are all hoping to be crowned the winner of the new prize, in association with The Sunday Express, which is up for grabs for the first time this year. The photographs have been shortlisted from thousands of images submitted to the competition, which is sponsored by Olympus and Warners Midlands.
Joanne Faulkner, 13, from High Wycombe, entered a photo of her pet dog Dave, while Lucy Best, 13, from Coulsdon, is hoping her photograph of her bearded dragon Steg is the public’s choice.
Bobby the cat is the subject of Watford girl, 13-year-old Annabelle Thomas’s entry, and snoozing hamster Fudge is captured in the image taken by 14-year-old Lydia Bradford, from Stamford, Lincolnshire.
Sam Rowley, 14, from Richmond, has been shortlisted for his photo of his grandma’s dog Twiggy, while Sophie Livsey, 13, of Grantham, completes the line-up with her cheeky picture of two alpacas.
To vote for Joanne to win, text ‘RSPCA 01’ to 81400.
To vote for Lucy to win, text ‘RSPCA 02’ to 81400.
To vote for Annabelle to win, text ‘RSPCA 03’ to 81400.
To vote for Lydia to win, text ‘RSPCA 04’ to 81400.
To vote for Sam to win, text ‘RSPCA 05’ to 81400.
To vote for Sophie to win, text ‘RSPCA 06’ to 81400.
The shortlist for the RSPCA People’s Choice Award, in association with The Sunday Express, was put together by a judging panel which includes BBC Countryfile presenter and YPA host Matt Baker.
He said: “For me it is all about catching the character of the animal and these pictures do exactly that. Some of these photographs would easily hold their own against those taken by professionals.
“I think people would be stunned to know how young some of these people are when they see what extraordinary images they have captured.”
Fellow judge and awarding winning wildlife photographer Danny Green also cast his expert eye across this year’s finalists.
“The standard was so high that there were plenty of superb shots which simply didn’t make the final cut.
“I had seen the standard of winning photographs from previous years, so I expected the quality to be high, but not as high as this. Some of these youngsters have fantastic futures as photographers based on what I’ve seen.
“To get a great photograph is a difficult art to master, but some of these people have made it look easy,” said Danny.
Voting closes at the end of October and the RSPCA YPA People’s Choice Award winner will be announced by Matt Baker on Friday, 11 December at the Tower of London.
The winner of the People’s Choice Award will also receive an Olympus Mju 9000 sleek 10x zoom compact camera.
- You will be charged Ł1.00 plus one message at your standard network rate. The RSPCA will receive approximately 61p per text from all major networks apart from Virgin where the amount is 44p.You can increase this amount by responding to your confirmation text and gift aiding your donation.
- The voting will close on 31 October, 2009 at 23.59. Any texts received after this will not be counted but you may still be charged.
For full terms and conditions please visit www.rspca.org.uk/ypa
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