The former research biologist from Stretton near Warrington won the Society’s Wildlife Award as well as the Overall Natural World Award for a close-up portrait shot of an African buffalo she had taken on one of her photographic safaris to Botswana.
“After winning the Wildlife award, the image qualified for the final of the Overall Natural World competition, explained Lesley, a mum of two grown up boys. “When I heard the news that I had won the overall title I was absolutely delighted.”
TV and radio personality Maggie Philbin presented Lesley with her award telling her: “This was my favourite picture of the night.”
Of course success in photography competitions is nothing new for the former Pet Photographer of the Year who last year was presented with nine gold awards for her pet, wildlife and fine art photography by "The Society".
Now Lesley is starting to plan her next photographic safari having visited Africa, South America and India in recent years. The amazing wildlife images she has captured on her travels have not only won her great artistic acclaim – but have proved to be popular purchases for art lovers who proudly display the works on the walls of their homes.
“My safaris have given me valuable opportunities to photograph some stunning animals, many of which are now endangered species, so I am determined to continue with my travels as soon as I can. Most people are fascinated by images of animals in the wild.
“In fact one judge’s comments on my African buffalo print will stay with me for the rest of my life. She said: “That photo stopped me in my tracks and made my heart beat faster.”
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