Petts Wood photographer wins top travel snap competition

PUBLISHED: 12:21 16 February 2011 | UPDATED: 12:21 16 February 2011

Andrew Deer

Andrew Deer


An amateur photographer nearly missed out on scooping first prize in a top competition when his entry was mislaid.

Andrew Deer's landscape won first prize

Andrew Deer’s submission was only spotted at the last minute after getting muddled in the wrong post pile of the Wanderlust magazine contest.

Amazingly, the 42-year-old IT manager’s photograph then went on to win first prize, beating 5,000 entrants.

Mr Deer, of Frankswood Avenue, Petts Wood, will travel to Australia’s Northern Territories later this year to take photos for a travel company and Wanderlust.

His landscape depicting a lone tree on an ethereal windy plain was commended by top travel and wildlife photographers including Paul Harris and Paul Goldstein.

Mr Deer said: “I was absolutely blown away when I won. I feel very lucky, particularly since I entered about two days before the competition closed and it got lost in the post.

“It was a shock. Going to Australia will be exciting but daunting. It is the type of place where it will be hard to take bad pictures, but difficult to make them interesting.

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