The first North East Wildlife Photography Competition 2013 - the winners

PUBLISHED: 21:23 28 April 2013 | UPDATED: 21:23 28 April 2013

Wildlife Behaviour Winner: Kingfisher by Eric Wilson. Also the overall winner.

Wildlife Behaviour Winner: Kingfisher by Eric Wilson. Also the overall winner.

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These stunning pictures were the winners of the first North East Wildlife Photography Competition 2013. A total of 1,500 pictures were entered for the competition in five categories. Photographers were asked to submit shots of wildlife behaviour, wildlife portraits and wildlife in the landscape and there were also categories for botanical subjects and pictures taken by children.

The Wildlife Trusts of Durham, Northumberland and Tees Valley merged their individual contests with the region-wide competition being backed by the Natural History Society of Northumbria and the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle where the winners and runners-up in each category are now on show.

Eric Wilson, who is a member of Cambois Camera Club, took first prize in the wildlife behaviour category and his picture of a kingfisher was also chosen as the overall winner of the competition by broadcaster and author David Lindo, The Urban Birder. Eric, from Bedlington, won £250 and camera equipment worth £450.

The picture was taken at Gosforth Park nature reserve and Eric said: ‘I have never seen a kingfisher behave ilike this one did with the wood on the tree – perhaps it was cleaning its beak.’

Prizes were donated by Hawkshead Photography, Opticron and Newcastle College and Mike Pratt, the chief executive of Northumberland Wildlife Trust, said: ‘You just don’t know what you are going to see each time you head outdoors as Eric’s wonderful photograph demonstrates – no wonder it grabbed the attention of all the judges. He is a very worthy winner.’

* The winners and runners-up will be on show at Great North Museum: Hancock until May 10. To see more go to photocompetition2013.

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