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The print was Thomas’ prize for winning the People's Choice award at the Otago Museum Photography Awards exhibition, which ran from late June to last weekend.
Visitors could vote on their favourite photograph throughout the exhibition, and Cat in the Bush — a study of Thomas’ cat Milo — came out on top.
Thomas said Milo was an adventurous creature and had disappeared for a few days. When he found Milo again he thought it would make an interesting photo and took the shot. He knew the picture was ‘‘something special’’, but had not entered the competition before and did not expect to win anything.
He had planned to pursue a career in photography and was glad to have some success.