A TALENTED amateur photographer is snap happy after being shortlisted for a national magazine award.

Susan Bamford is in the frame to be named Photographer of the Year 2021 by The Scots Magazine after her snap of a raindrop on a flower on her patio wowed judges.

Susan says it is a dream come true to be in the running for the prestigious title.

She said: “I am delighted to make the final 15, it was a nice surprise.

“You were only allowed to submit one picture which was a shame as I also wanted to put forward a fantastic picture of a seal I had taken, but I went with the flower.

“I opened the magazine when it was delivered and saw my name on the list, I was over the moon.”

Susan says the snap at her back door proves great photos opportunities are available everywhere.

She added: “I took the picture on my patio last summer when I was out with my camera after it had been raining for several days.

“I was looking at the hanging baskets and I saw all the raindrops landing on the lobelia flowers and thought it would make a nice photo.

“I’ve got a very good camera with a macro lens and I decided to try and capture the sun glinting on the flowers. Thankfully it turned out great."

The magazine’s photographer of the year will win £200, a glass trophy and a giant canvas of their winning shot.

Susan, from West Kilbride, says she would be delighted to win after only picking up a camera four years ago.

She said: “This would be the first competition that I have won, so that would be a lovely boost.

“I retired four years ago and since then I have always carried a camera, and after taking part in a village exhibition, my photography has just taken off.

“I do a calendar of the village every year that is very popular with people from all over the world used to live in West Kilbride.

“We are very lucky to live in this area where the scenery is just always fantastic - and we have all appreciated it more during lockdown.”

Residents can vote for Susan at www.scotsmagazine.com/photographer-2021