Conor’s cat photo is just purr-fect

Just Regional
Feb 15, 2024 2 mins read

A photo of his pet has won Conor Smith – a Year 13 student at Sheringham Sixth Form – a prize in a national competition.

Conor’s photo of his cat, Murray, bagged him the runner-up prize in the Pet Portrait category in the RSPCA’s Young Photographer of the Year awards.

The national competition attracted more than 6,000 entries, and Conor’s shot of his 11-year-old rescue cat caught the eye of the judges.

Originally photographed in his back garden, careful editing by Conor created the impression of a pen and ink drawing, producing an image
that captures Murray’s “proud and handsome figure”.

RSPCA president Chris Packham presented the award, saying that the image was creatively posed, creating a very striking image.

Conor said: “I am delighted to have been selected as a finalist, and the runner-up prize was the icing on the cake.

“It was a great honour to have my picture recognised in this way and to have the opportunity to meet one of my wildlife conservation heroes.”

His proud mum and dad, Bev and Phil, and
twin sister Cora were all very happy for his success.

You can see more of the photographs in the contest at

This year’s awards will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the RSPCA.



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