An optician is celebrating after her off-the-cuff photograph captured while out walking her dog has been selected for inclusion in Countryfile’s charity calendar.

Praise from the locals

Alison Rosum, ophthalmic director at Specsavers in Newbury, took the photo ‘Flutter By’ on her phone last July. She was encouraged to enter it into the competition – which had more than 30,000 entries – after the photograph received praise from locals when she uploaded it to her village’s local Facebook page.

Alison said: ‘I was out walking my dog Emmy one evening and spotted some butterflies floating above flowers by the path where I usually walk. I thought it looked lovely, so I took a quick photo on burst mode and when I looked back at them later there was one that really stood out for me.

‘I decided to post it on the village Facebook page because usually there are just people moaning on there about dog fouling so I thought it would lighten the mood. A few people started commenting about how nice it was and one person mentioned the competition so I decided to go for it – I’m so pleased I did!’

A 'surreal' experience

Mum-of-two Alison, who has never completed any photography training, says the whole experience has been ‘so surreal’. She continues: ‘I never for a second thought my photo would be chosen. When I got the call it just felt so crazy and exciting.’

As well as her photograph being selected as the August print in the calendar, Alison received a copy for herself signed by BBC Countryfile presenter John Craven.

The calendar is sold on behalf of BBC Countryfile by Hallmark Consumer Services in aid of BBC Children in Need.

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