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Photography competition - overall winner announced

17 June 2020
Photography competition - overall winner announced

And the winner is…

A portrait of Biff, a ginger boy who hails from Birmingham, is the overall winner of our inaugural Brighton & District Cats Protection photo competition. His owner Eve, who has been on furlough during lockdown, says she decided to make a study of Biff watching his human in his ‘natural habitat’.

The judges said they loved the sharp focus of the picture and the fact they could see each one of his magnificent whiskers.

A seven-year-old, Biff had a rocky start in life. Originally from Birmingham, Biff was taken to a shelter there after he was found injured – believe to have been hit by a car. During extensive surgery he lost his eye and had a metal plate inserted in his jaw. He was also found to have FIV. Biff spent five months recovering from his ordeal before he was ready to be rehomed.

Eve was looking for an indoor cat as she has no access to a garden and Biff, as an FIV-positive cat, fitted the bill. She also felt an affinity with him as when she found him online she was recovering from a jaw operation. “It seemed like fate,” she says.

For a cat who spent many years as a ginger tom on the street, Eve says Biff is very loving and “as soft as butter”. He is confident around visitors and loves his routine, reminding Eve of his breakfast and dinner time with loud meows.

Eve says the CP campaign, Purrfectly Imperfect, which raises awareness about disabled cats, is great work. “It’s important for people to learn about conditions like FIV and for people to understand that these cats can be just as, if not more, loving.”

If you want to know more about Biff, he has his own Instragram account @bigbiffboy

Other winners in the competition include Michelle Coldwell-Simons, whose study of her two cats Tinker and Skye won the category for Multiple Cats; Bear Martin in the Outdoor category for a study of Squeaky relaxing in the sun; Beth Gibbons in the Cute/Comic category for an amusing picture of her fluffy beauty Manhattan; and 16-year-old Kynan Serne in the youth category for his picture of Josie at play. Kynan’s nine-year-old sister, Mia, was runner up in the youth category.

Many thanks to our judges, Lucy Clifford of Moggy Meows Cat Sitting, Guy Wah of Guy Wah Photography and our CP volunteer Kevin Smith.

We’ll be posting photographs of all the winners and runners up regularly on our Facebook @CPBrighton; Twitter @CPBrighton; and Instagram cpbrighton social media sites.