‘Three-headed giraffe’ snap shortlisted in global contest

'Three-headed giraffe' taken by Bicester resident Tony Murtagh.''Submitted.
'Three-headed giraffe' taken by Bicester resident Tony Murtagh.''Submitted.

A Bicester photographer’s snap of what appears to be a three-headed giraffe has beaten thousands of submissions from around the world to make the top 10 of a competition hosted by travel magazine Wanderlust.

Tony Murtagh, an office manager for the Chalgrove-based firm Certain Exhibitions, discovered he had been chosen as a runner-up in the wildlife category of Wanderlust’s Travel Photo of the Year 2012 on Friday last week.

Category winners were announced at the Destinations Show in Earls Court.

He said: “While I didn’t win, I was really pleased to be one of the top 10 photos selected.

“The competition attracted over 8,000 images from amateur photographers around the world, so to be shortlisted was really satisfying.”

His photograph, taken while on holiday in Kenya’s Samburu National Reserve around three years ago, is somewhat reminiscent of Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.

But Mr Murtagh, who lives off Shakespeare Drive, said it was good fortune the animals happened to be standing in just the right spot.

He said: “I turned around, saw the three giraffes and just took the photo.

“It was pure luck. You can’t really set something up like that, it’s just a question of seeing what’s around.

“You have to keep your eyes open.”

Mr Murtagh won a year’s subscription to Wanderlust Travel Magazine, while the overall winner got a trip to Papua New Guinea.

Wanderlust’s Travel Photo of the Year is sponsored by the Papua New Guinea Tourist Board, Wex Photography and The Independent. All finalists’ images can be seen at www.wanderlust.co.uk/magazine/photography.