Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Image of Power Takes Prize

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Image of Power Takes Prize

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Byline: COMPETITION Jo Blakemore? 0191 201 6440 ?

APHOTOGRAPH published on The Journal's farming pages has this week been awarded runner-up place in a national competition.

The image of Holstein bull, Cogent Aquila Patron Lucente, was published in March in a feature on genomics in cattle breeding.

The award-winning photo was taken by leading agricultural journalist Bruce Jobson at the Cogent stud, on the Grosvenor Estate in Cheshire.

He entered it into the competition sponsored by JG Animal Health and organised by the Guild of Agricultural Journalists.

Bruce, who is based near Alnwick in Northumberland, said: "I am delighted to receive the runner-up award in a national competition open to professional photographers working within the agricultural press industry.

"However, the photo was not planned and actually came about by circumstance.

"I had been invited by Cogent to take official images of a private awards presentation hosted by the Duke of Westminster, owner of Cogent. Owing to health and safety rules and EU regulations, visitors are normally not allowed entry into the bull stud.

"AI sires usually only come out of their pens for semen collection and I asked the handler to walk Lucente, one of the world's top bulls, toward the camera. The bull was therefore extremely alert and exhibited tremendous strength and power. The photo captures his raw emotions and by cropping the headshot, this accentuated the image."

The photo was first published late last year in an article Bruce wrote about Cogent - the UK's largest AI stud - for the international all-breeds magazine CrazyCow, based in Australia.

The story and photo received global acclaim, according to editor Dianne Malcolm.

She said: "We published the photo as a full-page image. It's a classic photo, even unique - one that draws you right in to the presence of Lucente. …

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