TEENAGE photographer Simon Williams has snapped his way to a top regional award.

His shot of a Banded Demoiselle sunning itself by a pond earned the 16-year-old the accolade of Junior Wildlife Photographer.

The photograph was on a theme of the four seasons and won him the award from the West Midlands Biodiversity partnership.

Simon, from Norton Canon, who is a student at Hereford Sixth Form College, is a keen photographer with an interest in the natural world.

The competition is intended to look after wildlife by helping to promote awareness of the needs and issues surrounding plants and animals. It is funded by DEFRA's Rural Affairs Environmental Action Fund and by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

An exhibition of the winning photographs will be held in Staffordshire later this month.