Action shot of water vole takes first prize in Journal’s Picture of the Week competition

A water vole taken at Oulton Marshes by Ryan Mitchell.

A water vole taken at Oulton Marshes by Ryan Mitchell. - Credit: Archant

Ryan Mitchell's adorable shot of a water vole munching at Oulton Marshes nature reserve has taken the crown as the Journal's Picture of the Week.

Twenty-six-year-old Ryan from Lowestoft captured the photo on his Canon 600d camera last month.

He said: 'I'm a keen amateur wildlife/nature photographer and I've been doing this for a few years now. I regularly head to the nature reserves in the area. I didn't have to wait too long to capture this photo, I just had to be patient as I've heard that the water voles have been recently seen in the area. And I was just lucky enough to see this guy in action.

'I have won Picture of the Week a few times in the past, and each time it is a great feeling knowing my photo has been chosen.

'I like this photo as this was my first time seeing them in the wild.'

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Ryan also dedicated his photo to Sherry Jackson, who encouraged him to enter the competition.

As our winner, Ryan receives a 12in x 10in framed version of his photo from Picture Studios, of London Road North, Lowestoft. Entries can be of any subject but they must be digital images. Email your pictures to

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