ANGLING EXPLORER JUDGES BRISTOL AQUARIUM’S TOP DOG FISH PICTURE

Bristol Aquarium enlisted the help of angling explorer and Gromit Unleashed artist, Jeremy Wade to judge their ‘Fish Face’ photographic competition.

Jeremy’s ‘Fish Tales’ Gromit statue had pride of place in the aquarium’s foyer before being auctioned off last week and helping to raise a staggering £2.3m for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal for the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.

During its stay at the aquarium, visitors were encouraged to take their own photos of the sculpture and upload them to the aquarium’s Facebook page, for the chance to win a three year family membership.

After much deliberation, the star of TV series ‘River Monsters’ chose Rob Wicks’ entry which featured Gromit apparently staring up in trepidation at a large shark with the caption ‘Gulp’.

Freelance filmmaker Rob, 42, captured the winning image during a visit to the aquarium with sons Oliver, aged 13, and George, aged 11.

“We found the Fishy Tails Gromit at the end of a long day of Gromit hunting around central Bristol,” said Rob.

“I’d been photographing each sculpture as we found it – to add to our own collection of Gromit pictures.

“The boys were very excited by the possibility of scooping a family pass to the aquarium – and they challenged me to come up with a winning picture.

“I knew we’d need something a bit different to grab Jeremy’s attention, so I spent a little while trying to spot an unusual way to frame the shot.

“The shark hanging from the ceiling was a gift, especially when we realised Gromit appeared to have spotted it too.

“I had to lie on the floor and squeeze right into the corner of the entrance hall to find the angle that worked. Fortunately everyone was sufficiently interested in Gromit to not pay too much attention to me.

“The “Gulp” caption wrote itself really – it’s exactly what Gromit appears to be thinking, and probably the only noise he could make underwater.

“We are absolutely delighted to have won the family pass to the aquarium. The whole family will be getting to know the marine life of central Bristol extremely well over the next three years,” he added.

Issued by Bristol Aquarium. For more information please contact Tina Patel or David Waines on 0117 929 8929.