Jersey amateur photographer snaps up top national award

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AMATEUR photographer and motorcycle enthusiast Matt Gardiner has won a national photographic contest.

The Old Victorian (38), a Virgin Atlantic long-haul pilot, was recently announced as the winner of motorcycle insurers Carole Nash's photo-biking contest.

Moto Foto, which this year has received a record number of entries, capitalises on the biking community's passion for stunning machines, and fuses that with another popular British pastime – photography.

Matt, a biker himself, entered his picture into the competition's Static/Art category.

It was an image of a BMW race bike that was taken in Valencia in 2014 and was shot as the Moto GP stars were lined up on the grid waiting to start their race.

Matt Gardiner (left) with Rebecca Donahue (Carole Nash marketing), Shaun Collin (group sales manager at Motorcycle News) and Jonathan Rea (World Superbikes champion)

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