Local cameraman showcases his winning photo

by Anthony Coppin
Keen-eyed cameraman Andy Stewart has won a prestigious photographic honour by having one of his wildlife photos chosen for the 2016 BBC Countryfile calendar.
Garstang Camera Club member Andy, a former pupil of Cuthert Mayne RC High School, Fulwood, has been snapping pictures around Lancashire for many years.
He decided to submit one of his pictures, a telephoto-lens shot of a hare feeding on an ear of barley in a Winmarleigh field, to the annual calendar contest organised by the BBC programme.
He learned this week that his photo is one of the 12 chosen in the newly-published Countryfile calendar from among thousands of pictures submitted by amateur photographers around Britain. Andy’s hare photo features for July 2016.
Andy, a gas service engineer, said: “I am thrilled. Apart from winning club competitions this is the first major honour I have had.”
The honour has prompted congratulations from his Garstang Camera Club colleagues, who have nicknamed him “Calendar Boy” and “Mr July.”
Extrovert Andy who lives at Mayflower Grove, Claughton-on-Brock with wife Mary, daughter Catherine and son Ben, has another claim to fame, as a regular winner of the adult fancy dress section of Garstang Children’s Festival, for which he has donned topical costumes every festival parade for many years.
* Copies of all the photo entries which feature in the calendar can be viewed on the BBC Countryfile website.
The overall winner, voted for by Countryfile viewers for the cover of the calendar, is of a happy-looking hedgehog taken by Ben Andrew of Bedfordshire.
The BBC Countryfile calendar is now on sale, priced £9.50 with part of the sale price being donated to the Children in Need Appeal. Last year’s calendar raised more than £1.5 million for the appeal.
It is available from WH Smith stores or from BBC Countryfile Calendar, PO Box 25, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1ZG.