Gallery: Photos show wonders of wildlife
FROM a proud lion to a doe-eyed fawn, these breathtaking shots reflect nature at its best.
They are the work of talented Suffolk photographer Paul Coghlin, and have helped him secure the runner-up spot in a prestigious competition.
Mr Coghlin, of Great Waldingfield, photographed Subu the lion in Colchester Zoo in April 2009 – a year before the much-loved creature sadly died.
The elephant was also captured at the zoo and both pictures are the result of several patient hours spent snapping the animals.
The two images, along with a photograph of a wide-eyed fawn – taken in Novia Scotia, Canada – were submitted into the Prix de la Photographie Px3 competition as a series, entitled Behind The Eyes.
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The amateur photographer, who is in the process of setting up his own business, was awarded second place in the non-pro nature and wildlife sector.
Taken on a Nikon camera with a long zoom lens, Mr Coghlin shot the photos from a distance but was delighted to gain eye contact with each animal.
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“I wanted to make it as personal as possible,” he said.
“My aim was to get a clear shot of the animals looking directly at the camera and holding their gaze. I wanted to be able to see what the animals were thinking and to focus on the animals’ consciousness.”
The 43-year-old, who works part-time at Suffolk County Council in Ipswich, told the EADT that he enjoyed the challenge of photographing wildlife.
He said: “I do enjoy taking photos of people but I think that the wildlife aspect is more interesting because you just never know what they are going to do next.
“There is a definite challenge in taking photos of wildlife. I think there is an excitement to it because you do rely on them.”
Meanwhile, a selection of Mr Coghlin’s work is currently being exhibited at The Secret Garden restaurant in Sudbury until June 24.
For more information about the work of Paul Coghlin visit www.paulcoghlinphotograph.com