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Last Updated: Thursday October 20 2005 17:11 GMT

Boy, 10, wins photo of year comp

The winning photo: Inquisitive Jay by Jesse Ritonen, 10.
A 10-year-old boy has been named the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year after taking an amazing picture of a jay in the wilds of Finland.

Jesse Ritonen beat thousands of other young snappers to win the top prize.

His winning image shows a bird, called a jay, perched on top of a snowy branch. He took the photo while on a trip with his father in January.

One of the judges said about Jesse: "So much talent so young!" He added that Jesse's photo was "magnificent".

Jesse's photo, as well as all the young runners up and the winners of the adult categories, will all be on display as part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005 exhibition at the National History Museum in London.

Jesse, who's from Finland, described how he took the photo. He was given a digital camera for his 10th birthday - something he'd been asking for since he was eight!


Young winners
One of the young runners up: Blue Dasher by Nicholas M Murphy
His father took him to a place called Utti in Finland to watch the birds, as Jesse said he's loved wildlife for as long as he could remember.

He spotted the jay in his picture early one morning, when it was staring straight into his camera lens. "I was so excited to have such long eye contact with a wild bird," Jesse said.


Jesse was inspired to enter the competition when his brother, Ville, won the 10 and under age group in 2004.

The winning photo in the adult category, taken by Manuel Presti from Italy, is of a swirling flock of starlings escaping a wild peregrine falcon.

The event was organised by the Natural History Museum in London and BBC Wildlife.

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