Image reaches final of national photo contest

Sue Reid's Sunshine Wood
Sue Reid's Sunshine Wood

A HOUSEWIFE has been named one of a dozen winners of a national photography award.

Sue Reid beat off competition from more than 10,000 fellow snappers from across the UK to reach the final of the Lloyds TSB Insurance Weather Photographer of the Year.

Mrs Reid captured this striking image after noticing sunrays cutting through the woodland at the end of her garden earlier in the year.

Judges were won over by the photograph, naming it as one of the top 12 during a ceremony last month – with one judge praising the snap for summing up what we’d all hope for when we think of the ideal summer’s day.

Mrs Reid narrowly missed out on the top prize of £10,000 at the grand final in London this week, with the cash going instead to Zaki Grant for his picture of Liverpool residents making their way through the city during a blizzard.

A nevertheless delighted Mrs Reid said: “To be in the final 12 is unbelievable – I still haven’t come back down to Earth.

“I always take a camera out with me when I’m out walking, and saw this beautiful scene when I was picking blackberries this summer.

“It was a stunning setting and made a lovely picture.”

The competition was open to amateurs only, with the key criteria being flair, technique and originality used in capturing British weather and its impact.

Paula Llewellyn, spokesman for the organisers, said: “The response to the competition was staggering and the final 12 images were testimony to the quality of pictures we received.”

Mrs Reid is the second local photographer to pick up an award this month. Just last week Dave Wares was picked over hundreds of others to win the Sussex Photographic Federation’s best image of 2010 with his image, We Are One.