2013 Cheshire Life reader photography competition - the winners revealed

Bird in Blossom, Walton, Warrington - Darren Moston

Bird in Blossom, Walton, Warrington - Darren Moston - Credit: Archant

Our judges have selected the winners of the Cheshire Life photography competition in association with Wilkinson Cameras

Gawsworth reflection - John Varley

Gawsworth reflection - John Varley - Credit: Archant

These are the photographs which have taken the prizes in our competition. Our panel of judges faced a tough task in choosing the best shots from the entries submitted to our annual search for the county’s best amateur photographer.

The Old Boathouse, Poynton Pool - Keith Meredith

The Old Boathouse, Poynton Pool - Keith Meredith - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of brilliant pictures taken all over the county were submitted for the competition which is sponsored by Wilkinsons Cameras.

After careful deliberation the judging panel – led by David Parkinson from Wilkinsons, Cheshire Life editor Louise Allen-Taylor and picture editor John Cocks selected a shortlist which will appear in the 2014 Cheshire Life calendar.

They then chose the top three and this year’s first prize of a Nikon D3200 and AF-S 18-55 VR worth £445, went to Darren Moston from Warrington for his shot of a bird among blossom.

Cheshire Life’s picture editor John Cocks said: ‘Wildlife is very difficult to photograph well because it has a habit of moving but Darren has not only captured his subject, he has been able to compose his shot very well too.

‘It was a very difficult job to choose just three from the hundreds of pictures that were entered for this year’s competition but in the end Darren was a very worthy winner.’

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Second prize went to John Varley from Stockport. He won the £400 Nikon 1 J2 and 10-30mm White for his picture of Gawsworth reflected in the pond. The judges selected Keith Meredith, also from Stockport, to win the third prize of a Nikon Coolpix S9300 Red, worth £200, for his shot of an old boat house at Poynton Pool.

Join the gallery

As you can see, the competition has now closed but we always love to see your best photographs of Cheshire. To upload them to our website, log on to cheshirelife.co.uk and click on the ‘Send us your photos’ link on the left of the page.

You will be asked to register, which is free and also allows you to comment on articles and photographs on the site, to enter competitions and to take advantage of special offers. Once you’ve signed up you’ll be able to add your photos to the hundreds already online.

Wilkinson Cameras have nine stores offering a huge choice of photographic and optical equipment to suit all levels supported by interested and enthusiastic staff who are always happy to help.

Wilkinson Camera stores are at: Preston, 27 Friargate Walk, St George’s Centre 01772 556250; Burnley, 95 St James’s Street 01282 424524, Bury, 61 The Rock, 0161 764 3402; Blackburn, 42 Northgate, 01254 581272; Kendal, Unit 19a, the Westmorland Centre, Stricklandgate, 01539 735055; Carlisle, 13 Grapes Lane, The Lanes Centre, 01228 538583; Lancaster, 6 James Street, 01524 380510; Southport, 38 Eastbank Street, 01704 534534; Warrington, 10 The Mall, Golden Square Shopping Centre, 01925 638290.

There is also a direct sales team on 01772 252188 and a website, www.wilkinson.co.uk