A PHOTO taken in Port Meadow has won a national photography competition.

Eleanor Ramsey, 18, from Oxford, scooped her award at the thirtieth year of the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards.

Miss Ramsey took the photo, ‘A Distorted Perspective’, on an iPhone 11.

It was picked from a record 11,000 entries this year.

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Miss Ramsey said: “I am so pleased the judges liked my photo. I particularly enjoy taking photos at sunset, especially when there are horses around but in terms of the composition of this photograph, there was something about the perspective distortion of these two ponies that made me want to capture this moment even more.”

The picture of two horses silhouetted against the sunset was award first prize in the 16-18 mobile phone and devices category, seeing Miss Ramsey win £300 worth of Amazon vouchers, and an RSPCA Young Photographer Awards trophy.

The panel of experts that judged the competition included TV presenter and RSPCA vice president Chris Packham, in addition to experts in wildlife photography.

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Mr Packham said: “The quality of entries this year as the competition celebrates its thirtieth anniversary has been astounding.

“We felt that the lockdown ironically worked in all the young photographers’ favour, they really did enter fantastic pictures.

“The RSPCA Young Photographer Awards is a true celebration of the animal kingdom and one I feel honoured to be involved with.”

Mr Packham added it was exciting that new categories were regularly introduced to the awards.