Beeston photographer wins nature award

Stuart Petch, who contributes nature photographs to the South Leeds Life newspaper, won an award last month in the 2019 International Bird Photographer of the Year competition.

Stuart told us:

“Basically I found a dead sparrowhawk in the city centre, ‘rescued’ it from the roadside, brought it home, and was so taken by its beauty decided to make some close up arty studies of it’s plumage.”

Renting a special close-up macro lens from The Flash Centre in Hunslet, Stuart spent the weekend using it to make images of the bird.

Eight months later and the image above is awarded bronze in the Attention To Detail category by a judging panel which included Chris Packham.

The photo is now in a touring exhibition and a book of the winning images.

You can explore more of Stuart’s nature, event and creative art photography and get in touch with him on his website