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Magical muntjac image wins British Wildlife Centre photography competition

PUBLISHED: 08:49 21 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:08 23 March 2015

Zena Saunders’' winning BWC image At home with a Muntjac

Zena Saunders’' winning BWC image At home with a Muntjac

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If you go down to the woods today, you’ll be very lucky to spot a muntjac deer as happy to pose for the cameras as this little lady at Lingfield’s British Wildlife Centre.

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This stunning shot by Zena Saunders has been chosen from over 600 entries as the overall winner of this year’s British Wildlife Centre Native & Natural Photography Competition 2015.

“I noticed the light in the copse first and thought a red squirrel would look good just there, but it wasn’t to be,” says Zena.

“I was aware that the muntjac was being chased by the male through the copse and hoped she would come to this area; so I waited and watched.”

Among the competition judges was BWC’s head keeper and keen photographer Matt Binstead.

“This is a beautiful photograph of one of our most overlooked animals, showing you don’t always need the animal to fill the frame to make the shot,” he says.

“The colours are vivid, the lighting is stunning and the overall composition is just right, placing this animal in her habitat perfectly. It was a standout photo from the start and a deserved overall winner!”

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