Bee image takes top prize in Eden Project photo competition
A stunning image of a bee perched on a flower by a giant sculpture of a bee has won the Eden Project's fourth annual photo competition.
The picture by Jamie Laughton from the aptly named Beeston in Nottinghamshire was chosen by a panel of judges as the best of more than 14,000 entries, the highest number in the history of the competition.
Jamie's prize was a GoPro HERO5 Black camera worth £399.99.
Jamie said: “I'm overjoyed to have won this competition, it’s a huge compliment. I have always loved bees, the way they look and their gentle nature never fails to draw me in. Bees also play a huge role in sustaining our ecosystem and without them, Eden's stunning outdoors gardens would not be able to flourish.
"Capturing this photo was the combination of a beautiful environment, an excellent subject, a decent camera phone, and of course a lot of luck. Thank you so much for choosing my photo as your winner!"
Rita Broe, Eden's marketing director, said: “We had a record breaking number of entrants this year and saw some exceptional images.
“It’s never easy trying to establish a clear winner but there was something really special about Jamie’s image which captured a perfect connection between art and nature, so congratulations to him. We would like to thank everyone who sent in their images throughout the competition.”
GoPro HERO Session cameras, worth £199.99, were awarded to the two runners-up, Jemma Lochhead from Perth in Scotland and Rose Summers from London.
Jemma entered an image of her daughter Elsie being thrown into the air by her husband Andy.
Jemma said: "Whenever we go on a family adventure, we always take a picture of my husband Andy throwing my daughter Elsie up in the air, as she's at that location for a 'flying visit'. This started when she was around four months of age, on a local beach, and has continued ever since. Our new GoPro will be attached to Elsie for her next 'flying visit'!
"This was our first visit to Eden - it is somewhere I have always wanted to visit since I was 16 and I saw Sir Tim Smit do an inspirational chat at a science conference in Edinburgh. Since then I have completed a degree in biology and now teach biology in a secondary school, passing on the wonders of plants to teenagers."
Rose Summers took a picture of the Eden Project Biomes reflected in a droplet of water on a leaf.
Rose said: "I had spent the day at Eden, happily exploring the Biomes and listening to the sound of rain outside. As the day drew to a close, the rain stopped and the sun crept out.
“As I walked towards the exit I noticed miniature Biomes inside some of the rain droplets! With the wind and the fading light, this photograph took a lot of patience, repositioning and back ache but it was worth it in the end. I'm thrilled the judges like it too."
The fourth annual Eden Project photo competition ran from May 2017 to September 2017 on Twitter and Instagram, under the hashtag #edenphotocomp. More details on the competition can be found at www.edenproject.com/edenphotocomp.