There is no escape from the snow. An image of a snowy landscape has scooped first place in a competition run by South West Coast Path.

Picture credit: Nick Shepherd

The photo of Start Bay in Devon was taken by photographer Nick Shepherd who said: ‘I particularly wanted to capture the dramatic sweep of the bay with Start Point lighthouse in the distance, and the sheep and snow offered me the perfect foreground.’

Competition judge Adam Burton said: ‘This was an absolute stand-out favourite for me by a country mile.

‘It has everything: a great view, beautiful subject matter and conditions, strong composition and wonderful rich light.’

Nick wins a break with Cornish Cottage Holidays and will see his photo appear on the front of next year’s South West Coast Path calendar.

He added: ‘I have been taking photos for 37 years, and particularly like photographing the power of dramatic winter seas using my Nikon digital SLR and assorted lenses.’

  • Josie Gilbert

    Lovely crisp photo with beautiful lighting.

  • David Smith

    Wonderful, rule of thirds, composition, light, subject matter all come together in a photo I wish I had taken. It’s magic, I hope Nick Shepherd earns a fortune from it.