by Kate Weir
A TEENAGE photographer has been shortlisted for a prestigious photographic
award after taking an interest in the bugs in his back garden. 18-year-old
Jake Wild is through the to finals of the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards
and will find out tomorrow (Friday) if he's a winner - at a ceremony at the
Tower of London. Jake, from Denton, snapped the image called 'fastfood' while
in his garden. The keen amateur, who has plans to turn professional in the
coming years, had noticed that one particular plant in his garden seemed
to attract more bugs that all the others. "There were always loads of bugs
on that plant. I just went out there to get some pictures, and saw the spider.
It ran away when it saw me, so I only managed to get about two photographs."
The picture shows a spider about to tuck into a fly which it has trapped
in its web, and was just one of the several photos Jake entered into the
competition. "I was amazed when I found out I was going to the finals. Since
finding out, I've entered more competitions. I'm really pleased, but I think
my mum's even more pleased than I am!" Over the past few years Jake has amassed
a collection of some impressive images, mostly involving the natural world.
"I like 'to take macro images of things like raindrops. I use the magnifying
glass function on my camera to zoom in." Amazingly; Jake's image was taken
on a point-and- click style digital camera which many people have at home
for taking holiday snaps.
If Jake wins, he could end up taking home a professional camera which would
enable him to take even more advanced shots and achieve his goal of turning
professional. The awards are judged by professional photographers like Ernie
Janes as well as animal expert Nick Baker from the BBC's Really Wild
Show. The overall winner could spend the day with the RSPCA on an exclusive