South of France photo exhibition gets an unlikely star...

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Anyone on holiday in the South of France is in for a treat this July. The finest images from the world's top photographers will be on show - including a series of images taken by a camera-toting tabby.

A cat named Nancy Bean captured 400 shots with a lightweight camera slung around her neck by her owner, Christian Allen.

The camera was timed to take an image every minute as Nancy prowled her favourite haunts around her home in Plymouth.

Now the snaps have so im­pres­sed experts that they are to be included in an inter­national photography exhibition in the south of France.

The cat, who has only three legs following a car accident, captured pictures of her hiding places and encounters with neighbours.

'Initially, it was just a bit of fun but I was stunned when I saw the results,' Christian, 27, told Small World News Service.

'Many of the pictures are mundane, but every so often you come across a cracker.

'The funniest are the ones of our surprised neighbours looking at her. I also like the ones of encounters she has with other cats."


Nancy's leap to inter­national fame came after Christian used the images in his course studying archi­tecture at the University of Plymouth.

He was contacted by world renowned photographer Martin Parr, asking if he would be willing to put 18 of them on display from July at the International Festival of Photography in Arles.

'It was amazing' said Christian. 'I couldn't believe my little cat's pictures would be appearing next to some ­amazing work by artists from around the globe.

'It will look quite funny because it will be her name on the pictures and a little photo of her alongside them!'

You can see some of the images taken by the cat by clicking on the image below!
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