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Former ILS student, Stephen Lucas, is hoping his stunning photo of a Kingfisher will see him pick up a prize in the 2020 Down Syndrome Association (DSA) ‘My Perspective’ competition.

A dedicated birdwatcher and conservationist, Stephen’s photo has been selected from entries from across the world including the USA, Canada, India, Australia and Iran. With a keen eye for what makes a great photo, this is the fourth time that Stephen has made it through to the finals of the DSA competition.

Predominantly photographing wildlife and landscapes, Stephen has successfully exhibited at Fishguard Arts Society’s annual summer exhibition and turns his best images into calendars which he then sells.

With the winners being announced at the beginning of August, Stephen commented: “I took the photo last year at Cilgerran nature reserve. The kingfisher sat there for about fifteen minutes so I was able to get a good shot. I was over the moon to find out that my photo had been shortlisted.”

A spokesperson for the Downs Syndrome Association explained the purpose of the competition saying: “The My Perspective competition turns the camera around and gives people with Down’s syndrome the chance to show the world from their point of view.”

This year the panel includes Peter Davison and Emma Barton (both patrons of the DSA) and Dianne Buswell, one of Strictly Come Dancing’s professional dancers. The judging panel will choose the Judge’s Choice winner with a Public’s Choice award also being up for grabs with public voting opening on the 6th July and running for two weeks. All the details of the shortlisted photographs and how to vote are available on the website: www.downs-syndrome.org.uk

The winners will be revealed in early August with the winners being celebrated through the DSA’s social media channels.