Wortham photographer wins international recognition with stunning Snowdonia shot

Tree detail from Snowdonia by photographer Lee Acaster, of Wortham. This shot earned him the crown of Interntational Garden Photographer of the year. Picture: Lee Acaster.

Tree detail from Snowdonia by photographer Lee Acaster, of Wortham. This shot earned him the crown of Interntational Garden Photographer of the year. Picture: Lee Acaster.

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A Wortham man who took up photography as a hobby just six years ago has won further international recognition in a prestigious competition.

Lee Acaster was crowned overall winner in the International Garden Photographer of the Year contest, for his incredible shot of a Snowdonia scene.

Lee Acaster.

Lee Acaster.

The 45-year-old, a Diss-based graphic designer, said it was a “big deal” and conceded at the number of accolades he has collected since taking up the hobby in 2011, including commendations for Outdoor Photographer of the Year and Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014, Wex Photographer of the Year 2014, and Amateur Photographer of the Year 2015.

“I’m delighted, I’m proud, and it’s a shock. It’s quite a major competition,” he added.

“I got runner up last year in the portfolio category so it is nice to go one better.

“I am taking pictures all of the time and it is one of my favourites of the year (2016).

I’m delighted, I’m proud, and it’s a shock

Lee Acaster

He was last featured in the Diss Express in September 2014 when he scooped first prize in the British Wildlife Photography Awards, winning £5,000.

The judges said the “humble” autumn scene had been elevated into something “challenging and truly spectacular.”

They added: “The scene has been framed beautifully and feels completely balanced even with so much to look at. Each branch, twig and leaf has incredibly defined detail which exhorts us to stare deeper and deeper into the image.

“When we do, the photograph reveals a stained glass window of nature, steeped in mystery and metaphor.”

To see more of Mr Acaster’s work, visit his website at www.leeacaster.com and follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/landscapeandlight