A PHOTOGRAPHER from Broad Chalke is celebrating being awarded highly commended status in the Landscape Photographer of the Year 2012 competition. Ken Leslie’s image, entitled Cattle Grazing on Marleycombe Hill, stood out to judges in the Classic View category.

It will be featured in an exhibition of winners’ photos at the National Theatre, London, until January 12 as well as in an awards book published by the AA - Landscape Photographer of the Year Volume 6.

“Marleycombe Hill above Bowerchalke is a view I know quite well,” said Mr Leslie. “The advantage of working locally is that you know what time of day you’ll get the best light and how the weather conditions will affect the view.

“The photograph was taken in September just after sunrise on a still morning. Since I knew how the mist would hang in the valley I was sure Marleycombe would be a good vantage point. The bonus was that the cattle had thoughtfully arranged themselves to add some scale and interest to a very pastoral scene.”

Mr Leslie has also produced a calendar for 2013 called Chalk and Chase, featuring 12 photographs that capture the natural beauty and diversity of the countryside around Salisbury.

It is available from Waterstones, Fisherton Mill and at kenleslie.co.uk.