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Amateur photographer's stunning image up for prestigious award

Weymouth's David Miller captures the moment Mathieu Blanchard crosses the finish line in Chamonix, France <i>(Image: David Miller)</i>
Weymouth's David Miller captures the moment Mathieu Blanchard crosses the finish line in Chamonix, France (Image: David Miller)

An amateur photographer from Weymouth has seen his photo selected as a finalist for the British Photography Awards.

David Miller, 37, a gas engineer by trade is a keen follower of trail running and regularly attends events and takes photos.

His photo taken from an ultramarathon in France has been selected as a finalist in the sports category for the British Photography Awards.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London next month.

It is the second time his photograph has been nominated for an award, having received international acclaim for finishing in the top ten of the 'amateur' category of the World Sports Photography Awards in 2022.

David said: "When I submitted the photo for the World Sports Photography Awards last year I thought that was the end of it.

"Applications then opened for this one and I thought I would give it one last throw of the dice and it is amazing to get shortlisted as a finalist."

The award-worthy photograph was taken at the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, an ultramarathon regarded as one of the most difficult foot races in the world.

The photograph depicts second-placed athlete Mathieu Blanchard collapsing at the finish line after completing the 106-mile course in under 20 hours.

Not a professional photographer, David travels around the UK and Europe following the trails and taking shots "just for the love of it".

On the photo itself, David said: "He [Mathieu Blanchard] crossed the finish line and collapsed, he managed to run the whole thing sub 20 and there was me and about 50 other photographers trying to get that shot."

He added: "The black and white adds a bit of drama to the image; you can see everyone in the background looking to capture the moment, the setting is perfect. It looks dramatic."

The photo named 'A Moment in Time' is one of 25 finalists, with the winner being announced in London in November.

David faces fierce competition from sports pictures from huge sporting moments including Argentina's World Cup Win, England Women's Euros win and Carlos Alcaraz at Wimbledon.

Alongside the judge's vote, there is also a People's Choice award for the best photograph in each category, which is voted for by members of the public.

You can vote for David's picture on the British Photography Awards website.