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Young Guildford film-maker wins national competition

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Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 3:28pm 15th December 2015. (Updated at 3:37pm 15th December 2015)

A young film-maker from Guildford could is getting a kick-start to his dream career thanks to your votes.

Fourteen year old James Miller has won a national wildlife competition.

Recently he asked Eagle Radio listeners to vote for his film about badgers.

He reached the final stage of the competition and was up against nine other entries. 

James said: "Yesterday (Sunday) afternoon the Cairngorms National Park Authority phoned me to tell me I had won.

"I was thrilled, and very surprised, it is a great privilege to have won against such strong competition.  

"It means a lot to me because it has given me the confidence and the opportunity to develop my interests further in the area of wildlife filming and presenting."

The top prize will see James spend five days filming a wildlife documentary with a professional television presenter and their crew.

James told us about his winning film: "It is a documentary about badgers. In the competition you have to make a one and a half minute documentary about a specie of wildlife of your choice. 

"The most important thing is that you present it well - that is what they are looking for. 

"It's about badgers and how they maintain their sets - and how it is a common misunderstanding that badgers are filthy animals who spread TB when actually they are not that bad and they maintain their sets very well.

"I've always been fascinated by badgers but I am particularly lucky in that they visit my garden every night and that has given me the opportunity to film them and get to know them a lot better than other people would. 

"I set my camera up on a tripod when I am filming myself, although I did get my sister to help me with one of the scenes.

"If I wanted to move into presenting as a career it might be something which gives me an edge."

The hard work paid off and now he is waiting for his prize trip to come round.

James thanks everyone who voted: "I will be going to the Cairngorms to film the documentary in February, but the specific date hasn't yet been confirmed, as the weather at that time of year in the north of Scotland can be quite unpredictable."

"I am really grateful to everyone who has supported me."

You can see James' entry here:

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