Lancaster amateur photographer 'highly commended' for capturing 'typical Lakeland summer's day'
John Jones' photo was described as atmospheric and was highly commended by Countryside Jobs Service (CJS), which ran a competition to highlight countryside views.
Mr Jones also captured a photo of a mother duck leading her ducklings on a canal.
CJS said of Mr Jones' Lakeland Summer photo: "This is such an atmospheric image and captures a Lakeland summers day very well!
"The photo is beautifully balanced with the walker and collie on either side of the standing stone, both braced against the wind and the distant fells a moody purple."
As part of its silver anniversary celebrations, employment website Countryside Jobs Service (CJS) ran a photography competition to highlight the marvellous sights encountered on a daily basis by enthusiastic amateur photographers working in the countryside and conservation sector.
Overall winner was Marco McGinty from Largs, Ayrshire, with his photo of a bee on gorse flowers.
Runner up was Val Gall, from Bridge of Cally, Perthshire, with her intimate portrait of a Red Deer stag stopping for a drink in a river.
Adrian Dangerfield from Ilminster, Somerset and John Jones from Lancaster both received Highly Commended awards while Kim Bliss from Crawley, West Sussex took the Readers’ Choice award.
The judges were looking for real photos taken by genuine countryside workers illustrating the highs and lows of countryside careers to showcase all the various elements of life and work in the countryside and wildlife sectors, acting as an eye opener for many readers considering a career ‘working with animals’ or getting a ‘job outdoors’.
The competition provided a chance to share those images with others who have an interest but little practical experience or knowledge of working in the countryside and outdoor sector.
It was designed to encourage people to go out, take time to look for the unexpected, the hidden and the lovely and in so doing reconnect with the natural world all around us.
During August, CJS readers voted for their favourite image from a shortlist of 32 images for the Readers’ Choice award.
CJS Editor Kerryn Humphreys said: “It's been incredible to see all the wonderful photos and we feel very privileged to have been able to share them. Each month picking just one winner from all the entries was a huge undertaking, after narrowing it down to a shortlist of seven we ended up voting for first and second places using a CJS devised system of proportional representation!”
A spokesperson for The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers said: “We are delighted to be involved with the Countryside Jobs Service Photography Competition, to celebrate its 25th birthday. We love to see nature and wildlife captured through the medium of photography to showcase the beautiful world we live in.”