Oliver's photos click with the Google judges
STUNNING shots captured by an amateur snapper from Canterbury were shortlisted in a world-class photography contest run by Google.
University of Kent student Oliver Seary reached the top ten of the Google Photography Prize, beating more than 20,000 entrants from 146 countries.
The 19-year-old, who studies culture and social anthropology at the Canterbury campus, was the only British entrant to reach the final stages of the worldwide competition.
Oliver, who is originally from Leicester but now lives in Wincheap, said: "I saw the competition advertised on Facebook, and casually entered. I was so surprised to be shortlisted.
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"I've always been quite artistic, and I studied photography at A level. But I was really, really, shocked and delighted to get so far in the competition."
Along with the other nine finalists from across the globe, Oliver attended the awards ceremony at the Saatchi Gallery in London on Tuesday last week but narrowly missed out on the top prize of a once-in-a-lifetime trip with a professional photographer mentor.
Oliver continued: "It was a great feeling to be the only person from the UK to be shortlisted. While everyone else was flying in from all over the world to the exhibition, my journey was just a short train ride.
"It was odd to see my photos in the Saatchi Gallery. Even though I didn't win, it was a great achievement."
Oliver found his inspiration while on a 14-month gap year trip across America, which saw him "sofa-surfing" across the States.
Six of Oliver's photographs will feature in the Out of Focus exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery until July 8.
To explore Oliver's work, visit flikr.com/photos/oliverseary