Smartphone photo is the bee's knees
A CLOSE-UP shot taken on a smartphone of a bumblebee hovering by a pink foxglove has won a major photographic competition.
The picture, taken by student dentist Laura Elliot in her parents' garden in Co Fermanagh, has won her the overall prize out of more than 5,700 entries to the UK's National Trust competition.
The trust asked entrants to capture the role green spaces play in people's lives, because of the importance of nature to its founder Octavia Hill.
Commenting on her winning photo, Ms Elliott said: "It was late in the afternoon so there was just enough light to capture the shot. I feel this photo represents my space, reflects my love for nature, photography and captures the spirit of the competition."
She also scooped the smartphone section top spot, one of four categories in the competition, using an iPhone 4 and the Instagram app to take her winning photograph.
"I was shocked to find out I'd won. I'm studying dentistry at university and photography is just my hobby," she said.
Photographer Joe Cornish, who was one of the judges, said: "Laura's image is stunning, The colours sing and the composition is striking.
"This is a photo that you want to blow up and hang on your wall."