Donna’s winner is pretty as a picture

A stunning photograph of St Anne’s beach at sunset has come out tops in a LOVEmyBEACH competition, run by the Turning Tides partnership.

The winning photographer is Donna Rigby, from Squire’s Gate, Blackpool, and the silhouette in her dazzling image is her two-year-old son, Aidan. The picture, taken in January this year with nothing more complicated than a mobile phone, has won Donna a year’s membership from Wild Arena. She also received a litter picking kit, thanks to the Helping Hand Company, who spotted the competition on Twitter and offered the additional prize.

Donna, 32, 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. My colleague saw the competition on the internet and told me to enter with a photo I’d taken.

“We were 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 loves being on the beach and running free. My dog is exactly the same, except he prefers chasing the seagulls!”

The winning image was chosen by photographer Guy Farrow from more than 200 pictures of bathing waters across the North West.

He said:  “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.”

The LOVEmyBEACH campaign is run by the Turning Tides partnership, working together to keep North West beaches and bathing waters clean. The team was overwhelmed by the response to the competition and thanks everyone who entered.  If you LOVEmyBEACH and would like to find out more about the campaign and help improve our bathing waters, visit www.lovemybeach.org.

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