A KEEN amateur photographer from Durrington has won first place in a national competition.

Paul Hope, 45, is a greenkeeper at High Post Golf Club and earlier in the year he entered the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) competition to have his photograph published in the 2012 calendar.

His winning photograph, Eco Harmony, was taken on an early summer morning.

“This particular morning I had taken quite a few shots of the sun rising and was resting against a tree to the side of the second green when this beautiful Roe deer wandered out right in front of me,” he said. “I couldn’t believe my luck and was able to get a few shots before he realised I was there and took off.”