Swans secure special prize for keen amateur photographer from Lowestoft

WINNER: Keen amateur wildlife photographer Kevin Coote's Picture of the Week winning photo of fighti

WINNER: Keen amateur wildlife photographer Kevin Coote's Picture of the Week winning photo of fighting swans, which was captured on Blythburgh marshes. Picture: KEVIN COOTE - Credit: Archant

A pair of fighting swans have helped a keen amateur wildlife photographer land a prize-winning blow.

Kevin Coote, of Lowestoft, captured this stunning shot of two swans on Blythburgh marshes a fortnight ago. And he was thrilled to have been chosen as this week's Picture of the Week winner – after triumphing in our popular contest for the first time. After his son Liam won our competition last October, with a fantastic photo of a guinea pig, Mr Coote, of Cavendish Close, has now followed up his son's success in winning Picture of the Week. He said: 'I am over the moon. I spend quite a bit of time down on Blythburgh estuary photographing Kingfishers. I have always wanted to get some pictures of a swan taking off in flight, and was trying to capture that shot when I noticed these two swans started fighting. It was nice with all the water splashing up and I thought as it was quite special I would give it a try – so I am delighted to have won.'

As our winner, Mr Coote receives a 12in x 10in framed version of his photo, worth more than £60, from Picture Studios, of London Road North, Lowestoft. By progressing to our next six-monthly winners' final, he is also in with a shout of winning the top prize – a 12in x 18in photo block, worth £130. Entries can be of any subject, but they must be by amateur photographers and we prefer digital images. To enter, email us your pictures, and your details (daytime phone number and a mobile too) to: lowestoft.journal@archant.co.uk

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