Pewsey teenager scoops nature photography award

Pewsey teenager scoops nature photography award


A teenager from Pewsey has scooped an RSPCA Young Photographer award for his close-up shot of a pelican’s head.

The picture, entitled Meet Bill was taken by 14-year-old Joshua Kneale on a boat trip during a family holiday to Namibia.

It won him first prize in the 12 to 15’s category in the RSPCA’s Young Photographer awards 2022 at the Tower of London, his first category win.

‘Meet Bill’ was captured on a boat trip in Namibia (Image: Joshua Kneale)

He said: “It was just an amazing experience. The pelicans would fly onto the roof of the boat so it was the perfect opportunity.

“I try to showcase the animal in a single image and pelicans are not a normal looking animal, so I wanted to showcase their oddity.

“I was really chuffed to win because it’s a nice award and the competition is always full of talent.”

Joshua has been photographing nature since he was eight, after his interest was spiked by his older brother Jake, and he took his first pictures with his uncle’s old camera.

The wildlife and landscapes of Wiltshire have inspired him to focus on nature photography.

He added: “I mainly photograph wildlife and nature because we’re so fortunate to have the space that we do.

“I enjoy being out in nature and it inspires me to take pictures of the landscape and the wildlife.”