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The Big Picture
Snap happy: BVA’s 2019 photo competition is another success


With more than 400 entries to choose from, the judges of this year’s BVA photo competition had a tough job to pick two winning images. Georgina Mills reports

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‘I hope the photography competition will inspire more BVA members to dust off their cameras and go and capture some great images for next year.’

So said outgoing BVA president Simon Doherty as he announced the winners of the association’s recent photography competition.

The two overall winning pictures, chosen by a judging panel that included wildlife photographer Victoria Hillman and Guardian picture editor Eric Hilaire, were both taken by companion animal vets.

Laura Caballero Pastor, from Gateshead, was the winner of the ‘One Veterinary Community’ category for her picture of a vet administering a rabies vaccination to a dog in Nepal, helped by members of the local community (pictured top left).

Speaking of her win, she said: ‘Receiving recognition for this picture enforces my belief in the responsibility that the veterinary sector has to promote animal health to global communities and society. There is a thin line between people and animals when we talk about diseases.’

The winner of the ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ category was Jennifer Dykes, a Nottinghamshire-based vet. Her picture showed a misty morning image of two sheep seemingly ‘in conversation’ at Castlerigg Stone Circle in the Lake District.

She said: ‘The combination of the early light and the mist provided the perfect backdrop to the foreground scene; the sheep seemingly completely unfazed by the presence of a few bystanders. Capturing their normality, amidst such beautiful surroundings, was my intention when taking this photograph.’

Other highly commended photographers, some of whose pictures appear on these pages, were: Luke Yeates, Kyle Eadie, Justine Shotton, Ana Coscujuela, Clair Williams, Jennifer Dykes, Rebecca Woollard and Danny Chambers. As well as her winning image, Caballero Pastor was also commended for her picture of a monkey.

The winning photographs can be viewed at

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