A TALENTED Tadley snapper has been crowned Photographer of the Year by a panel of her peers.

Nina Mace, who grew up in Tadley and still works in the area, picked up the accolade in the children’s, family and lifestyle category in the awards, run by the Guild of Professional Photographers.

The competition is hotly contested, with more than 10,000 images submitted across all categories from photographers across the UK and Europe.

Nina, who specialises in outdoor photography, now lives in Hemel Hempstead, in Hertfordshire.

However, she still does a lot of work in Tadley and the surrounding areas and last year ran a charity portrait day in Paices Wood.

Steven Thirsk, director of the Guild of Professional Photographers, said: “To win the Photographer of the Year title, in such a hotly contested category, is an incredible achievement.

“Nina has presented creative, original and beautifully-crafted images for an entire year, and we are pleased to call her our winner.”

Nina, a mum-of-two, had a total of 27 images recognised with awards by the Guild.

She said: “I could not recommend the Guild more, they are an incredibly supportive organisation who encourage continuous growth.

“I have completed training and bespoke mentoring and my goal for 2015 is to apply to become a Craftswoman – an achievement held by a very small number of incredible photographers who I would be honoured to be featured among.”