A 17-YEAR-OLD student from Wincham has been shortlisted for a national photography award in a competition run by the RSPCA.
Avid snapper Sarah Bennett’s image of a fledgling blue tit, entitled Onwards and Upwards, has been nominated in the 12- 18s category.
The judges have whittled down the thousands of entries to a shortlist of 33.
Sarah’s picture shows the baby bird frantically trying to climb a wall and flapping its wings to get airborne.
The A-level student said: “This summer I was blessed to witness blue tit fledglings learning to fly in my front garden, and have my camera on me as well.
“I crept quietly, as close as I dared, to take some shots of a young bird climbing the wall in an attempt to get into the air. Three times it fell down but kept climbing up again.”
Model Penny Lancaster and Really Wild Show presenter Nick Baker are among the judges. The awards ceremony is at the Tower of London on Friday, December 12.