|Danny Beath's winning photo of a lightning strike at a nature reserve|
Danny Beath, who died last month at age 52, was named the posthumous winner of the Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year Competition 2012 for his shot of a lightning bolt crashing over English poppy fields, the Shropshire Star reported.
The photographer, who had been a finalist in the awards seven times but had never won, would have received a photographic commission to travel to Papua New Guinea and new camera equipment as his prize.
He had reportedly commented on the Wanderlust website how excited he was about being a finalist in the awards before collapsing outside his Shrewsbury home three weeks ago.
"We already knew that he had actually won this year, but I couldn't reveal it," Wanderlust editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes said.
"I just wish he'd known before he died because it would have meant so much to him.
|Late English photographer Danny Beath.|
Travel Photo of the Year: Danny Beath tribute
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