Hatfield water worker snaps up top photo award

PUBLISHED: 11:57 11 December 2011

Thomas Enright's award-winning snap of a pygmy kingfisher

Thomas Enright's award-winning snap of a pygmy kingfisher

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THIS shot of a pygmy kingfisher in Africa has earned a Hatfield water company worker a top award at the Natural History Museum.

Thomas Enright, who works at Veolia Water’s base in Tamblin Way, took the snap during a river trip in the Gambia in February.

He entered it into the Staff Photographer of the Year Competition, and it won the animal portraits section.

The competition, sponsored by Veolia Environment, attracted 1,000 entries from 150 staff members up and down the country.

Thomas was in the Gambia visiting a vocational skills centre that had been built with funds raised by Community Development in Africa (CDA).

This is a voluntary fundraising group set up by Veolia Water staff, which so far has raised more 
than £80,000 for water, environmental and educational projects in both Uganda and the Gambia.

Thomas, a risk and value manager, won a trophy, £150 cash, and a framed print of his winning entry.

Entries were shortlisted by a professional studio photographer and the Natural History Museum’s photo studio manager Jonathan Jackson.

Thomas said: “The photo was the first I’ve submitted to any competition and my main focus while on the trip was the development projects, not the wildlife.

“I’ll definitely be combining more wildlife photography with development work during the next CDA visit to Africa.”

Thomas and other winners enjoyed afternoon tea at the museum, in London, and then had a guided tour of the professional shots on display at Veolia Environment’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which is on display at the museum until March.

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