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Fame For Dorset Amateur Photographer

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12:03am 22nd September 2013

An amateur photographer from Bridport is seeing stars as his image of Dorset at night lands on the front cover of an international book.

Stephen Banks captured a photo of the milky way over Durdle Door back in June, which he then entered into the Royal Observatory's competition, Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013.

His image was shortlisted and although Stephen did not win the competition, his photo was used to publicise the competition and the Royal Observatory's exhibition, appearing in National newspapers.The book cover his photo will grace is called 'Astronomy Photographer of the Year' and is published by International publishers HarperCollins.

We spoke to Stephen who is delighted and asked him why he choose Durdle Door, "It's one of my favourite spots in Dorset, it's one of the darkest places, the only source of light pollution is from nearby Weymouth and Portland but it doesn't affect the image too much. Plus it's an iconic Dorset landmark and when I go out I like to capture Dorset landmarks but how people have never seen them before."

He added that next year he'll be looking at winning the competition, "I'll go out more often, with a much more advanced camera, I can get some better images, and maybe even push for a prize or maybe even winning the whole thing, fingers crossed! I would like to stay faithful to Dorset, we're spoilt for choice down in Dorset, there's plenty of things for me to photograph!"

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