Sign of success

A student’s snap of one of our bush dogs so impressed zoo bosses that it has been made into a stunning sign outside the enclosure.

Sixteen-year-old student Cameron Whiteside’s beautiful picture of the bush dog was picked out by our Assistant Curator Jay Haywood who judged a Dudley College of Technology poster competition.

And it caught the eye of our Zoo Director Derek Grove too.

Derek said: “Cameron’s picture stood out because it was a natural shot of the animal but also the background looked amazing. The bush dogs are rarely photographed by our visitors and when I saw this picture I thought it would make a great sign outside the enclosure.”

Cameron, who took the top spot in the college competition to create a striking conservation poster featuring DZG animals, said he was delighted to have his work on display.

He said: “It was very exciting when I found out my picture was chosen as the winner and to discover that it was going to be made into a sign was thrilling.

“I was with the other students who were snapping the tigers and lynx when I just turned around and saw the bush dogs. I noticed they were following the track around the enclosure and managed to get this shot through the mesh.”

Cameron, who has almost completed the first year of a two-year Extended Diploma in Photography and Graphic Design course, now hopes to get a place at Hereford College of Arts to do a degree in photography.

Head of Photography at Dudley College of Technology, Phil Brooks, said: “This photograph was one of Cameron’s early shots taken during our zoo visits. He’s done a great job of capturing motion and the setting looks super.

“When we launch the poster competition with the next set of students in September, Cameron’s sign will definitely be the first place I will bring them!”

The partnership between the zoo and the neighbouring college is now in its sixth year and involves students coming on site throughout September to capture images and information for their posters.

 Top marks Cameron!