A carer and keen photographer Ron Baber could win an award for his picture of an owl as he is a finalist in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2017- all he needs are votes.
Ron submitted a picture of a Short-eared owl in flight at Heartwood Forest, St Albans, to the magazine last year and it has been chosen as one of five pictures in the Readers Photograph of the Year category.
The picture is called Owl on the Prowl and the magazine said: “Hats off to anyone who manages to photograph a bird in flight, in focus and framed this beautifully. The photographer had a split second to snap this thrilling moment, but Ron has totally nailed that tremendously tough task.”
Ron, from Ware, said: “I feel very pleased to have had my photograph recognised by featuring in the magazine and being shortlisted for photo of the year. It’s an achievement and I cannot quite believe it. It would be great if I secured enough votes to win.”
He explained that he has always liked nature but only got into the photography side about six years ago, inspired by a Post Office colleague who showed him the pictures he had taken in the Lake District.
One way Ron enjoys and shares his passion for photography is at our Carers Camera Club, which meets monthly in Welwyn Garden City.
The Carers Camera Club was set up in 2011 by some unpaid carers who had been on a digital photography course we organised. They wanted to continue meeting up to share photography tips and develop their skills with other unpaid carers who enjoy photography.
Ron, who supports his wife who has anxiety and depression, has been going to the club since late 2015. He said: “The Carers Camera Club is a relaxed group and I enjoy going as it’s a great way to meet up and talk to others with an interest in photography and understanding about being a carer.”
He continued: “We share photography and imaging tips and critique each other’s pictures, in a friendly way.”
Recently, Ron suggested the group have a photo challenge on a set theme each month and bring along a picture if they want to for the group to discuss. He said: “It gives us the opportunity and confidence to try something new.”
As well as attending the Camera Club, Ron, who has been a carer for five years, attends our Mental Health Carers' Forums. Ron said: “The forums can be a good source of information and opportunity to meet people in charge of services, who can help get the care you and the person you support needs.
Finally, he said: “I appreciate the support a charity such as Carers in Hertfordshire can provide carers like me, so we do not feel alone and have a voice with organisations planning and providing health and care services. ”
You can vote for Ron’s picture to be named Reader Photo of the Year at www.countryfile.com/article/reader-photo-year
Voting closes on 28th February 2017 and the winners will be announced in March and featured in the May issue of the magazine.
The Carers Camera Club meets the second Wednesday of the month from 10am – 12pm noon. If you are interested in attending the club or would like more information about the support Carers in Hertfordshire provides please call 01992 58 69 69 or email
Owl on the Prowl picture by Ron Baber