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Winners announced of photography competition at The Base

The Base has announced the winners of its ‘My Wildlife’ Photography competition, which asked budding photographers of all ages to capture the wonders of wildlife and the natural world.

This was inspired by the Natural History Museum’s prestigious Wildlife Photography of the Year 56 exhibition which is coming to The Base this May/June.

With over 250 entries, the panel of expert judges (including Phil Canning from Newbury Weekly News and professional photographer Philip Tull) had a difficult task in whittling down the superb photographs to just 20 in each age category. It was then up to the general public in an online Facebook vote to decide their favourites.

Charlie Green (aged six) was crowned winner of the under-18s category with his photograph of wild ponies in woodland, and Lara Rudland (aged seven) was awarded second place with her photo Pigeon Flight.

In the over-18s category Thomas Cawdron’s A Curious Cub was the winner with second place going to Adrian Cubitt’s photo of a blackbird chick, titled Someday I’ll Fly Away.

The winners will receive a Base Pass Plus, which gives them unlimited entry to The Base Gallery for a whole year, as well as discounts on selected workshops and courses. All forty of the finalists’ pictures will be displayed in the Runway Gallery at The Base once the venue is permitted to reopen.

Over-18s Winner: A Curious Cub by Thomas Cawdron

Under-18s Winner: By Charlie Green (aged six)

Over-18s 2nd Place: Someday I'll Fly Away by Adrian Cubitt

Under-18s Runner Up: Pigeon Flight by Lara Rudland (aged 7)

The finalist's exhibition in the Runway Gallery is free to attend and will be on show until Sunday 13 June.

Featuring exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour and spectacular species, Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year 56 and will run at The Base for four weeks from Monday 17 May until Sunday 17 June - tickets must be booked in advance.