Stunning water vole shot wins Surrey wildlife photography competition

PUBLISHED: 11:59 04 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:59 04 March 2014

Water Vole, by George Wheelhouse

Water Vole, by George Wheelhouse

George Wheelhouse

This superb close-up shot of a water vole was the overall winner of the British Wildlife Centre’s Native and Natural photography competition.

George Wheelhouse’s picture was chosen by multi-award winning wildlife photographer Danny Green, out of a shortlist whittled down from over 500 entries by the Lingfield reserve’s owner David Mills and head keeper Matt Binstead.

“It’s a great portrait of a very endearing mammal and I love the symmetry of the image,” says Matt.

“What a fantastic photograph! It is difficult to photograph our water voles well, and this close crop adds to the impact. The symmetry and composition radiating out from the lower third makes this a truly stunning picture of one of Britain’s most loved mammals.”

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