SWNS scooped yet more press awards, winning four out of six prizes at this year’s news agency press awards, including the coveted Picture of the Year 2016 award, won by talented SWNS photographer Peter Summers.
NAPA (National Association of Press Agencies) hosted the awards evening earlier this month which included a double win for SWNS features writer Harriet Rose-Gale (Feature of the Year Award and The Keith Patrick Award) and a win for SWNS news reporter Laura Elvin (the Spec News Award).
SWNS photographer Peter Summers picked up the highly prized Picture of the Year award, after the brilliant snapper captured an Osprey as it snatched a Trout from a river.
Jon Harris, Napa chairman, said: ‘The quality of entries in this year’s awards was quite outstanding and is typical of the agenda setting content which our member agencies source, compile and distribute to all media on a daily basis.’’
The winning snap was taken at Rothiemurcus Fishery near Aviemore, Scotland on June 23 2015. We asked Peter how he managed to capture such an amazing shot, and for anyone thinking it was ‘pure luck’, or ‘right time right place’, think again. This just demonstrates the commitment and talent of the multi-award winning SWNS photographers…
Peter explained “Getting a picture of an osprey hunting in the wild took a lot of planning and patience. I got up at 3am to drive the 45 minutes to the fishery where they usually hunt. I joined up with a guide who hid himself in the distance with a good vantage point of the pond whilst I positioned myself in a hide at the edge of the pond.”
“Due to the low roof in the hide it was impossible to know whether the ospreys were circling above, if they were to see my lens they would become spooked and fly away, therefore I had to rely on the guide to alert me to when they would be diving at the pond.”
“They tended to catch fish from the centre of the pond so it was a matter of pre-focusing and hope that they would appear in that certain spot. Once they did enter the pond there would be a matter of seconds before they would manage to get a fish in their talons which allowed me to make sure it was in focus before it flew off.”
“I waited around 4 hours before I managed to get the picture which won me the award. There were a number of dives before it but none were successful. To get the picture I used a Nikon D810 with a 300mm lens.”