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(Updated 7/5/01)

Animals caught in the act!

RSPCA Young Photographer Awards 2001

THE RSPCA Young Photographer Awards, sponsored by Olympus Cameras, and Hodder Wayland, are asking young photographers everywhere to capture their favourite animal on film.

Now in its eighth year, this competition is recognised for discovering the hidden photographic talents of the nation’s youth. Over the years, hundreds of pictures have been sent in that have impressed even the most accomplished photographer. These range from quick snaps taken of adored family pets, to amazing wildlife shots that have left the judges transfixed.

To enter the competition, simply send in your favourite animal photographs - you could focus on your family pet, investigate what’s lurking at the bottom of your garden, or even go on safari! No matter where you find yourself these summer holidays, just point your camera and shoot the first creature in sight1 And if previous years are anything to go by, then this year looks set to bring about even more impressive results.

Entries are divided into two different age groups: under 12s and 12 to 18s. The overall winner will walk away with a fantastic Olympus state of the art digital camera, £250 worth of Hodder Wayland books, and £250 in cash. The winner’s school or college will also receive £1000 worth of Hodder Wayland books.

Judges include TV presenter and wildlife photographer Chris Packham - who is a long time supporter of the awards - and Sara Cubitt, Head of Marketing Communications of Olympus Cameras, who comments, “It’s great to think that through the Young Photographers Awards we are able to encourage children to develop their creative skills and have fun with photography!”

The winners from each age group will receive an Olympus mju II zoom 115 compact camera, £100 of Hodder Wayland books and £100 in cash. In addition, eight runners up will each get an Olympus mju II zoom 80 camera, £50 worth of Hodder Wayland books and £50 cash. All the winning photos will be exhibited at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The closing date for the competition is September 14th 2001 and entries should be sent to: Publications Dept, RSPCA, Causeway, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1HG.