The 2023 Cheshire Life reader photography competition attracted almost 400 glorious entries of scenes, people and wildlife across the county and North Wales.

Here is a selection of the best, including the top three, chosen by David Parkinson, managing director of Wilkinson Cameras, which sponsored the contest with prizes of vouchers to spend on the ProMaster range of accessories.

Entries for the 2024 competition are now open, To enter, email your .jpg photos in at least 300dpi to including details of where they were taken, your name, address and telephone number. You must not be a professional photographer and your images should have been taken in the Cheshire Life circulation area, which includes North Wales.

The winning images and why David Parkinson selected them:

1st place

The Menai Bridge, North Wales under a crescent moon by Lee Mansfield

Great British Life: The Menai Bridge by Lee MansfieldThe Menai Bridge by Lee Mansfield

'Beautifully composed and exposed, the magenta hue across the whole image gives the picture feeling and depth, and the artificial lights fill what would be shadow areas with details. A very well-put-together image. Well done to Lee.'

2nd place

On Bickerton Hill by Bernard Noblett

Great British Life: Bickerton Hill by Bernard NoblettBickerton Hill by Bernard Noblett

'The landscape and subject take you back to the paintings of the great landscape masterpieces. The mix of spring colours balances the image so well against the cloud formation to create a pleasing image.'

3rd place

Hogshead Wood near Northwich by Emily Hardy

Great British Life: Hogshead Wood by Emily HardyHogshead Wood by Emily Hardy 'You can feel the cold winter day in this frosty woodland scene, perfectly captured here and well composed.'