Young Scottish film-maker Andrew O'Donnell awarded £2,000 prize
Salmon & Trout Conservation UK is delighted to announce the winner of its £2,000 "Invisible World" video competition, where entrants were invited to explore the beauties as well as the threats that face our underwater environment – the invisible world that no-one sees, but which surrounds us all and is so vital to our well-being.
The distinguished panel of judges – award-winning wildlife film-makers Hugh Miles, Paul Reddish and Charlie Hamilton James, who were joined by television personality Matthew Wright and S&TC CEO Paul Knight – were hugely impressed by the standard of the entries and found it extremely difficult to choose the best out of such an excellent field.
Andrew O'Donnell's entry – titled "The Invisible World" – was finally chosen because, as Hugh Miles explains, "It is the most imaginative interpretation of the subject and says all the right things about water. It succeeds really well in linking 'our' world with the 'invisible', so bravo for the great effort and hard work that went into this production. "
Andrew O'Donnell explains the approach he took in making his prize-winning entry: "I initially noticed the competition on S&TC UK's website, whilst doing some research for another project. It appealed to me instantly as I'm very passionate about all the elements of the brief – the beauty, wildlife and threats to the UK's freshwater environments.
"The film took around 8 months to make and I travelled all over the UK filming it. My wetsuit was put to use a lot more than usual! I wanted it to show how much people rely on our freshwater environments. We all use them in one way or another. It's not just people who are involved in aquatic based activities who should be protecting these environments. It's everyone!"
Paul Knight adds, "All of us at S&TC UK are delighted the competition elicited this positive response – and join the judges in congratulating Andrew on making such a remarkable video, which we're sure will be viewed many many times."