Danny Beath's award-winning photography

PUBLISHED: 10:19 25 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:22 26 February 2013

Telford's Shadow

Telford's Shadow

Shropshire photographer Danny Beath left a legacy of thousands of stunning images

An extraordinary talent passionate selfless exceptional unique awonderful man. These are a few of the glowing tributes paid to Shropshire photographer Danny Beath, whose stunning images have regularly graced the pages of Shropshire Life.

One of his pictures is on this months cover a gentle arc of daffodils captured in all their beauty one spring morning in Shrewsbury.

Danny died suddenly in January, aged 52. He was well known across Shrewsbury and the whole of Shropshire a county he catalogued regularly in all weathers. He was passionate about his photography and nature and was also proud of his role as an ambassador for autism.

Joanne Goodwin, senior editor for Archants Life titles in the Midlands, commissioned Danny to share his photographic diary of Shropshire throughout 2010 and regularly featured his work on the cover of Shropshire Life.

Joanne said: Danny took photographs of people and places and wildlife all over the world, never caring if the conditions were difficult or if he had to wait hours for the right shot. And he was never afraid to tell an editor how he thought his pictures should be used for maximum impact. His work has been recognised at awards nationally and internationally but it is his vast portfolio of Shropshire scenes that is his greatest legacy and which illustrates the beauty of the county Danny loved and his skill as a photographer.

Shropshire Photographic Society, of which Danny was a cornerstone member and competition secretary, describe him thus: Danny was an unyielding constant who loved and revelled in the company of fellow photographers and gave his time selflessly in the running of the society. He was a truly exceptional photographer, capturing breathtaking wildlife images and hauntingly beautiful landscapes.

We all desperately miss his infectious inspiration, his enthusiasm and his ever present warmth, and we will celebrate his unique talents and the impact he had on our hobby and our lives with the greatest fondness.

On the day of his funeral, one of Dannys images was announced as the winner of an international travel photography competition run by Wanderlust magazine. His dramatic image of a storm over Blackstone nature reserve near Bewdley, Worcestershire, would have won him Canon camera equipment and an incredible photo commission to Papua New Guinea. Danny had been a finalist seven times in the Wanderlust Photo of the Year Awards (run by Wanderlust travel magazine in association with The Independent), but had never won first place.

Wanderlust editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes said: I just wish hed known he had won before hed died, because it would have meant so much to him. He was a great talent and a lovely man.

Danny was born in 1960 in Berlin. At the age of four he was diagnosed with autism. He went on to gain a BSc in botany and a PhD in tropical ecology. He moved to Shrewsbury and was trustee for Autonomy Shropshire, a self-help and social group for young people and adults with Asperger syndrome.

Dannys photos won a string of awards, including Shropshire Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 and the Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year, run by The Sunday Times.

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