AN amateur photographer from Northwich has had a selection of her pictures selected for a national exhibition.
Sue Wallworth, of Marston, only took up the hobby after her husband died in 1993 but her pictures were impressive enough to sweep the board at the Cheshire heat of the Women's Institute's photographic competition.
Entrants had to produce work under three themes - Woman in the Community, Woman at Work and a Full-face Photograph.
Great Budworth WI member Sue, now in her 60s, chose Little Budworth Parish Church vicar Lesley Eden for the first category and fellow WI member June Wilkinson, of Great Budworth Ice Cream Farm, for the second. Sue's niece, Julie Moore modelled for the final picture.
Sue said: 'I felt very excited during the competition and ended up the day with my shoulders up round my ears, I was so tense.
'When they turned over to see the names on the back of the photos I'd won all three categories!'
Unfortunately, Sue didn't win at the finals but her photographs are now on display at the WI headquarters in London for all to see - unlike one of her favourite photos, which she entered into a BBC competition but never had returned!
'It was a picture of a cow standing in Pickmere lake,' she remembered. 'It was lovely, the water was still and there was a complete reflection of the cow. It was used in a WI calendar but sadly it's gone now.'
Sue, who developed her skills at Mid-Cheshire College in Hartford, added: 'I have lots of friends all over the world and wherever I go, whether I'm in Australia or Cyprus or a local show, I take my camera with me.'