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Fantastic wildlife photo wins The Journal's weekly photographic competition

Lowestoft Picture of the Week 31/03. Photo: Richard Tomsett

Lowestoft Picture of the Week 31/03. Photo: Richard Tomsett

Richard Tomsett

This remarkable photograph of a barn owl was taken by 49-year-old Richard Tomsett, of Oulton Broad.

He captured the image on his Canon camera while walking in Carlton Marshes on March 18.

“I’ve been out every weekend recently trying to get owl photos - without success. The week before I got the shot I was talking to another photographer I met at Carlton Marshes who tipped me off as to where a barn owl was hunting every morning,” said Mr Tomsett.

He added: “Using this information I got up before daylight and got to the marsh “I staked out the location before sunrise and waited. After about 40 minutes of daylight the owl appeared.

“Hidden by a reed bed the owl wasn’t aware I was there and flew straight towards me giving me a few seconds to get my shots!

“I’m really pleased to win Picture of the Week because this shot was a week in the planning. I’d thought about it over the week and where the best place to hide would be. It’s very rewarding when you get the photo you had hoped and planned for!”

As our winner, Richard 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 lowestoft.journal@archant.co.uk

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