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Dog photographer wins prestigious award
Pictured: Sophia's winning photograph of Amber the Dalmatian.

Sophia Hutchinson's Dalmatian picture swept the top spot at the TOG Awards.

A dog photographer – or should we say, phoDOGgrapher has been named the 2022 International PhoTOGrapher of the Year at the 2022 TOG Awards.

Sophia Hutchinson, a photographer from Warwickshire, took home the $500 cash prize for her photograph of a Dalmatian named Amber.

The TOG Awards, organised and administrated by That Photography Spot, is entered by photographers from 24 countries worldwide, and judged by three highly-respected professional photographers. 

Jessica McGovern, one of the judges, commented on the incredible photograph of Amber: “To achieve one of the top scores in The TOG Awards is a serious achievement, but to gain the highest collated score across nearly 700 entries is remarkable. We can only see great things to come for Ms Hutchinson, whose imagery was truly stunning.”

You can see more of Sophia's pawfect dog portraits at petsbysophia.com 

Image (C) Sophia Hutchinson

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World Bee Day celebrations begin

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 Today (20 May) marks the fifth annual World Bee Day, which raises awareness of the importance of bees and pollinators to people and the planet. Observed on the anniversary of pioneering Slovenian beekeeper Anton Jana's birthday, this year's celebration is themed: 'Bee Engaged: Celebrating the diversity of bees and beekeeping systems'.

Organisations and people celebrating the day will raise awareness of the accelerated decline in pollinator diversity, and highlight the importance of sustainable beekeeping systems and a wide variety of bees. Slovenia, the initiator of World Bee Day, will be focusing on teaching young people about the significance of pollinators. 

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Further avian flu cases confirmed

Three cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 have been confirmed in recent days, bringing the total number of cases in England to 98.

On Thursday, the APHA confirmed two cases of HPAI H5N1 near Redgrave, Mid Suffolk and Market Weston, West Suffolk. A case H5N1 was also confirmed in poultry at a premises near Southwell, Newark and Sherwood, Nottinghamshire.

Protection and surveillance zones are in place around the affected premises. Further details are available at gov.uk