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Barnsley snapper’s dramatic image makes waves

People watch and photograph enormous waves as they break on Porthcawl harbour, South Wales.

People watch and photograph enormous waves as they break on Porthcawl harbour, South Wales.

A photographer’s shot of extreme stormy weather has become an iconic image after it was used on the front page of four national newspapers.

Ben Birchall, from Hoyland in Barnsley, took his dramatic picture of monster waves crashing over the harbour at Porthcawl in South Wales – as curious onlookers stayed close to watch – earlier this week.

The 41-year-old snapper, who has worked for the Press Association for six years, was stunned to see it on the front pages of the Independent, Daily Mail, Times and Telegraph on Tuesday.

Ben was even interviewed on the radio to discuss it.

He said: “I took the picture on Monday and it was in just about every newspaper the next day.

“They were the most dramatic waves I’ve ever seen there, that’s for sure, and it had great light with it as well.

“It was fantastic to see the image on all the newspaper stands, it was a really nice feeling when I walked into the supermarket and saw my picture staring back at me.

“It’s the most high-profile picture I have ever taken.”

Ben’s photograph has also become an online hit, with many Twitter followers sharing the image and praising it.

Temperatures are predicted to plummet in Sheffield this weekend as wintry weather starts to bite.

John Lee, forecaster at Meteogroup, said Saturday temperatures would be as high as only three degrees, with a frosty Saturday night.

Expected rain on Sunday could also fall as snow on higher ground.

John added: “It’s looking as though that rain may fall as snow on the Pennines and Scottish hills but that does change day by day.

“At the moment in Sheffield it looks like it will just be rain.”

 

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