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A stunning image of a stag deer taken by a sixth form student from Marling School has come 2nd in the Gloucestershire Young Photographer of the Year competition.

James McGarva’s image, called ‘Golden Hour Deer’ was captured at sunset during late summer last year at Broadway Tower.  

James, said: “Wildlife photography is my hobby and I take lots of photos throughout the year so I was really excited to come second in this competition.

“I was watching a herd of wild deer and, in particular, a spectacular stag and must have taken more than 300 shots over a couple of hours. I had to be patient and very still but the light from the setting sun was amazing and I was really happy with the end result.”

The competition was run by Cheltenham Camera Club and entries were received from nearly 700 secondary school students in Gloucestershire. 

Carole Austin, Head of Art, said: “James is a really talented photographer and has got a great eye for capturing wildlife.

“He has worked really hard and I’m so pleased to see his efforts rewarded.”

As well as James’ success, photographs taken by three other students - George Jefferson, Callum Marsh and Jack Foot - were accepted for entry into an exhibition of 170 selected prints which will run at Chapel Arts from 21st April until 5th May.


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