AN INTERNATIONAL photography competition based in Rhyl has seen entrants from as far afield as Canada and China raise money for North Wales nature reserve.

The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) have received more than 2,000 entrants for their Bird Photographer of the Year 2019 competition.

At £1 per entry, the organisation has handed over £2,850 to the RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve in Llandudno Junction, with Thomas Vijayan of Ontario clinching the overall win with his image of a family of penguins.

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The winning image by photographer Thomas Vijayan from Ontario, Canada

Colin Jones, The Societies’ company director and Rhyl RNLI volunteer crew member said, “I am thrilled to present the RSPB with this donation. The competition was a huge success and we would like to thank all the entrants for participating and donating towards this fantastic cause.

"We also received entries from China, USA, Poland, Ireland, India, Australia, Hungary - plus loads more - as well as Rhyl, Rhuddlan and Prestatyn of course

Jonni Price, The RSPB Conwy Nature Reserve Visitor Experience Manager said “A big thank you to the Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers for raising a massive £2,850 for the RSPB by running The SINWP Bird Photographer of the Year Competition in aid of the RSPB. It was fantastic to meet you at RSPB Conwy today to receive your amazing donation.”

The competition winners and highly commended images, click here.