Over the last few years Claire has been slowly getting recognised at various local, national and international awards. Below are some of the photos that have been shortlisted, or won at the various different awards
Bury St Edmunds and Beyond ran a photography competition to promote the area around Bury St Edmunds. In the category "Night Time" this photo of toads migrating was highly commended, and displayed in the temporary gallery at the Apex. The photo was taken near to West Stow where the toads have a regular migratory route to their mating ponds.
In 2019 two images were shortlisted in the British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards.
These were the water violet with reflection taken at Thompsons Common in Norfolk in the "Botanical Britain" category. In the "Hidden Britain" category it was this close up of an ant species drinking water on a log taken at the Great Fen in Cambridgeshire
In the Wildlife Trust, Beds, Cambs & Northants photography competition in 2019 two images were listed. The photo below of an alderfly (Sialis lutaria) won second prize overall, and can be seen on the Wildlife trust website. The alderfly was taken as the sun rose over the reserve at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve in Cambridgeshire
This lobster moth (Stauropus fagi) was also shortlisted. It was taken at a moth trapping event at Wandlebury Country Park, Cambridge
Both photos feature under September in the 2020 wildlife calendar sold to support the trust
2019 was the first year of the Close Up Photographer of the Year awards.
This photo of a water violet (Hottonia palustris) showing its' reflection in the still water was also taken at Thompson Common near to Thetford in Norfolk. It was shortlisted in the "Plants & Fungi" category in the Close Up Photographer of the Year awards
This picture of a Chalk-hill blue butterfly (Polyommatus coridon) settling down for the night as the sun goes down was selected in the Wildlife Trust Beds, Cambs & Northants photography competition to be the featured representing October in the 2019 calendar representing October.
The photograph was originally taken at Devils Dyke by Newmarket, Suffolk as the sun was setting behind the butterfly
This image of a Beewolf (Philanthus Triangulum) was taken whilst it was digging its' burrow in the soft sand of "diggers alley" at Minsmere RSPB reserve.
It won the "Unearthed" category in the Suffolk Wildlife Trust photography competition in 2017