Photographer wins national award for stunning lightning strike image… on the day of his funeral

Photographer is revealed as winner of national contest… on the day of his funeral: Stunning lightning strike captures first prizeDanny Beath collapsed outside his home from a heart attack'I just wish he'd known before he died,' says contest organiser

and Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year, run by The Sunday Times.

His latest win would have bagged him new camera gear and seen him travel to Papua New Guinea on a photo commission.

Lyn Hughes, editor-in-chief of travel magazine and competition organiser Wanderlust, said Danny was a familiar face.

She said: 'Danny was thrilled to have made it into the final of the photo awards yet again.

Winning image: Danny Beath's picture of a lightning strike at a nature reserve took first prize

Winning image: Danny Beath's picture of a lightning strike at a nature reserve took first prize

'He was particularly delighted as it was with a British landscape, he had always entered photos from overseas in previous years.

'He commented on our website on how excited he was. We already knew that he had actually won this year, but I couldn't reveal it.

'I just wish he'd known before he'd died, because it would have meant so much to him. He was a great talent and a lovely man.'

His father Tim, who lives in Lincolnshire, said Danny would be greatly missed.

'He was held in high regard by a lot of people,' he said. 'I have had the most incredible e-mails and tributes from his friends.'