Talking turkey with RSPCA Young Photographer Awards winner Jamie Smart

Jamie Smart / RSPCA Young Photographer Awards
When an outbreak of bird flu confined Frederick to his pen, Jamie shot her ‘Not Guilty’ competition-winning image. (Image credit: Jamie Smart / RSPCA Young Photographer Awards)

I entered the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards again this year because I loved the competition so much last year. I remember leaving the ceremony at the Tower of London and saying to mum and dad: “I want to win this one day!” And with that I set myself a challenge and goal to try to capture images that would be good enough for me to have a chance.

The idea of photographing our turkey Frederick came to me while I was wandering around my garden with my camera just looking for things to photograph. I spotted him in his pen looking at me through the bars – he was being kept inside because of bird flu. He had a curious look in his eyes so I thought I’d try to get a different image of a turkey while he was standing there looking at me... this is where the photo of him came about and was also the idea for the portfolio of a turkey. I wanted to do something different and unique with the portfolio of the turkey as people overlook turkeys. 


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Adam Waring

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