Fancy a peek behind the scenes at a wildlife centre?
That’s what Katy Read, winner of the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards Under 12 years category 2015, got to do! She was invited to meet the animals at RSPCA Stapeley Grange and take photos with RSPCA Photographer and YPA judge, Andrew Forsyth.
Here’s what happened on Katy’s brilliant day out
Katy was introduced to the manager, Lee Stevens, who took her around the centre in Cheshire. He showed her lots of different animals, each with their own story to tell.
The first stop was to see a hedgehog, a duckling and a baby rabbit (called a ‘kit’ or ‘kitten’) in one of the busiest rooms in the hospital, the orphan room.
Rare moment with fox cubs
Her most enjoyable moment was seeing some three-week-old fox cubs being fed. She only had a few seconds to take this photo. That’s because It is very important that fox cubs don’t have too much contact with humans – they could become tame, affecting their chances of being released back into the wild.
The afternoon was spent outside taking photos of the ducks, geese, swans and seals. Katy’s favourite animal to see and photograph on the day was Celia the seal – she had such big beautiful eyes and sleek fur.
Katy’s tip for YPA 2016
“When I entered in 2015 I wasn’t expecting to win, because I hadn’t been taking photos for very long, but you’ve got to be in it to win it! I would definitely recommend entering the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards 2016 to everyone. Visiting Stapeley Grange was one of the most incredible days of my life. I don’t think I’ll have an opportunity to see animals like these so close up again.”