UK-based photographer Karen Knorr has won the Pilar Citoler International Prize for Contemporary Photography ? bagging her ?15,000.

Karen, who is professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey, clinched the award for her photo ?Flight to Freedom? ? one of a series of pictures featuring animals in northern India.

?It can sometimes take months to set up a shoot,? said Karen who grew up in Puerto Rico surrounded by animals.

?I have to do several reconnaissance missions to check on lighting and reflections.?

Karen was born in Germany but has lived in Britain since 1976.

She will collect her prize at an awards ceremony to be held in Spain next month.

Karen Knorr

Picture credit: Karen Knorr