Stunning picture of deer by Sussex photographer is chosen for BBC Countryfile Calendar

A beautiful shot of a roe deer emerging from heather at sunset has won Sussex photographer Shane Stanbridge a place on the BBC’s Country File calendar.

Deer picture SUS-200924-134142001
Deer picture SUS-200924-134142001

His photo, ‘Among the Purple Heather’ featuring a young deer at sunset, was judged outstanding out of a total entry field of more than sixty thousand pictures.

Shane, from Hastings, travelled to an area in Surrey to capture the shot, after learning of a location which had roe deer and heather.

Sign up to our daily SussexWorld Today newsletter

After finding a likely spot he waited patiently for an hour and 40 minutes and a deer appeared from the heather looking straight toward him.

Shane said: “It was about being in the right place at the right time, but you have to be patient with wildlife photography.”

Shane, aged 29, became seriously interested in photography at the age on 20. He said: “I have a passion for wildlife so the two things combined.”

Shame is a member of Hastings and Ore Photo Club. Kelvin Godfrey, from the club, said: “Shane has consistently won top prizes at our club for his wildlife pictures. Last year, he was awarded the prestigious national PAGB certificate for his entry of ten photos.

“Travelling is no problem for Shane. He likes to photograph wild brown bears or undersea creatures.”

The annual Countryfile photo competition has thousands of entries each year and attracts submissions from some of the best wildlife photographers in the UK.

Shane’s photo will appear as the August image on the calendar.