A FISHGUARD photographer attended a glittering awards ceremony last week after being shortlisted for an international photography competition with his stunning shot of a rock pipit on the security fence of Fishguard Harbour.

Stephen Lucas' unique image was picked from entries from across the globe for the international My Perspective competition. Stephen was also shortlisted for the competition in 2016 for his fantastic image of a Grizzly Bear.

The competition is open to people with Down's syndrome across the world and this year entries came from the UK, Iran, Canada, USA, Australia and Greece.

The shortlisted photographs were judged by an expert panel which this year included actor Peter Davison, photographer Richard Bailey, Alex Proud (founder of Proud Galleries), journalist Sanchia Berg, last year's winner Oliver Hellowell and Sarah Merriman.

All the photographs were on display at a prestigious ceremony in London on June 21 where the winners were announced.

Keen snapper Stephen is a former Ysgol Bro Gwaun and Pembrokeshire College student. As well as photography, he is actively involved with conservation organisation Sea Trust and music project Wings Over Pembrokeshire.

He started taking photos about seven years ago, inspired by his brother Owen. He predominantly takes shots of wildlife and landscapes and for the past few years has produced and sold calendars showcasing the best of his images.

"I took this photo at the entrance to the breakwater of Fishguard Harbour where there are a lot of security fences," said Stephen of his photo entitled Security Duty.

"I often go there to see the wildlife, birds, dolphins and porpoises."

The My Perspective Photographic Award was this year sponsored by Rabobank who are also WorkFit partners and incredibly supportive of the Down's Syndrome Association.

"The Down's Syndrome Association's My Perspective competition turns the camera around and gives people with Down's Syndrome the chance to show the world from their point of view," said a spokesman from the organisation.