Happy Valentine’s Day to Donna Rigby who has won a year’s membership from Wild Arena with her gorgeous photo of St Annes beach for our photography competition. Donna’s shot of her two-year-old son, Aidan, shows a stunning sunset over a calm sea and was taken in January this year.
Donna, 32, from Squires Gate regularly goes on walks along St Annes beach with her partner, son and their dog. She said:
“I’m really happy to have to won the competition and got some good news. My colleague saw it on the internet and told me to enter with a photo I’d taken. I recognised that it was a competition, sent it in and am delighted to have won!”
But rather than using a top of the range camera or extendable lenses, Donna’s winning method was as simple as it comes. “We were just on the beach late one afternoon and the sun was setting. The colours in the sky looked really nice so I just took a picture of it on my partner’s phone. It’s come out much better than I thought! We’re regular beach goers. My son is two and he just loves being on the beach and running free. My dog is exactly the same, except he prefers chasing the seagulls!”
“The winning picture was chosen by photographer Guy Farrow against over 200 entries of bathing waters across the North West. Guy told us: “Judging was really tough. There were so many good shots but based on the quality and composition, I feel that Donna’s photo really captured her son in great light with the sun going down on the sea. It says LOVEmyBEACH to me.”
“Donna has also won a litter picking kit, thanks to the Helping Hand Company, who spotted the competition on twitter and contacted the team. I’m sure we can find a prize for little Aidan for being a great model too!
We were overwhelmed by the response to the competition so huge thanks to everyone who entered. The winning photo will also be on our social media from today.