A NORTH-EAST photographer has been named as Volunteer Photographer of the Year by a conservation charity.

David Rodway, from Billingham, was awarded the title by the Woodland Trust in an award ceremony which recognises volunteers that provide their time to protect or raise awareness of woods and trees.

Rachel Lee, the Trust’s media library manager who nominated David, said: “Despite having mobility issues David produced some amazing photography again this year. I nominated him for this wonderful recent work, but also in recognition of his outstanding contribution over many years. David has supported several of the Trust’s departments including campaigns, volunteering and dedications.”

The awards ceremony took place at Kelham Hall, Nottinghamshire on Sunday, November 17, hosted by Woodland Trust Chairman Baroness Barbara Young.

Baroness Young said: “The commitment shown by all of our volunteers is nothing short of outstanding. Their contributions are so valuable and we were delighted to host this event to recognise their work. We really value each of our volunteers who so generously give their time and skills freely to help us to achieve our aims."