Gull lookout

Picture credit: Catriona Parfitt

The winner of this year’s RSPCA Young Photographer Awards has been announced today.

Catriona Parfitt, 17, took top prize for an image entitled ‘Gull lookout’, which she captured while on a family holiday to Spitsbergen.

Competition judges included AP’s deputy features editor Gemma Padley, TV presenter Matt Baker and award-winning photographer Danny Green who said: ‘The composition is perfect with the gull standing proud atop his kingdom. The light has that special Arctic feel and the setting is just so beautiful with the shapes and forms of this blue iceberg.’

He added: ‘Catriona could have taken the easy option by zooming in and just taking this gull’s portrait, but she made the right choice and incorporated the inhospitable and dramatic landscape, placing the bird in the context of its environment.’

Catriona, who lives in Southampton, wins a three-day photo break to the annual deer rut in Bradgate Park, Leicestershire.

The awards ceremony, hosted by TV presenter Ben Fogle, took place at the Tower of London this lunchtime.

Ben Fogle and Catriona ParfittBen Fogle awards Catriona the RSPCA Young Photographer 2010 title at the Tower of London today

Picture credit: Gemma Padley