This year’s winners have been announced. and it’s well worth having a look to see what lifts images out of the “ah that’s nice” group to “that’s really special”.
A red squirrel pauses in a ray of evening sunlight in this picture taken by 16-year-old Will Nicholls.
He took the photo in Keilder Forest, near his home in Haydon Bridge, Northumberland. The image has won the top prize in the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards.
Will is quoted as saying he “waited 40 hours to get the right shot”. So perhaps patience is one of the secrets?