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London nurse wins international photography prize

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A hospice nurse from east London has won an international photography competition which attracted more than 20,000 entries.

Advancing practice nurse Carolyne Barber won the Best Newcomer Award in the International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition for her photo of two damsel flies peering over a leaf, which she took in Lee Valley Park.

She said her photographs are inspired by the gardens at St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney where she works and lives and that bringing the images of nature into the hospice helps her patients.

Ms Barber’s winning picture will now go on display at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London until 6 April before being exhibited at venues around the world.

She said she was “honoured” to have been selected from a group of photographers whose standards of work are “breath-taking”.

St Joseph’s Hospice chief executive Michael Kerin added: “Carolyne’s work is stunning and is displayed on many of the walls around the building. We’re very proud of her for winning this award and I’m sure there will be many more to come.”

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