I am a third-year student studying Mathematics at the University of Surrey and have always had an interest in wildlife photography. A few years ago I raised £500 for the RSPB by selling greetings cards with my photos on and won the Thomson Habitats Photography Competition.
This is my only really good photograph taken with my old camera. It was taken from the boardwalk over the pond at Minsmere and is still one of my best close encounters with wildlife. I barely needed to use my 4x digital zoom (I now use 18x optical zoom!) to get a good photo of this well loved, elusive creature.