A talented wildlife photographer from Ashington has picked up an international prize for a stunning image of a tiger taken in India.
Michael Vickers, 72, beat off worldwide competition to win the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) animal photo contest
The photograph, taken at Ranthambhore National Park, was selected as the overall winner by IFAW supporters, and will now feature in the charity’s World Of Animals Calendar 2016.
Michael said: “I have been interested in wildlife and photography since I was a child, and now that I am retired I spend much of my time travelling in the UK and abroad photographing wildlife.
“My main interest is tigers and other big cats and I am fortunate enough to visit India regularly to photograph the tiger in its natural habitat.
“On the day I took that photograph I followed the young male tiger by jeep as he was walking in the forest parallel to the track.
“He eventually arrived at a pool where he immersed himself in the water to cool down from the heat of the day.
“I did not have long to take the photograph. The light was difficult as there was considerable shade from the trees.
“I waited patiently; the tiger looked straight towards me and in that second I took the image.
“I have supported IFAW for a number of years. I admire the work and dedication of the organisation in its efforts to protect wildlife, especially endangered species such as the tiger.”
Philip Mansbridge, UK Director of IFAW, said: “We are grateful for Michael’s support over more than 35 years in our work to protect animals around the globe, and we are delighted to announce him as our photo contest winner.
“His beautiful tiger image and his absolute commitment to animal welfare are a true inspiration.”
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