The 2016 Cheshire Life photography competition - winners revealed

1st place - Dunham Massey by Jayne Jones

1st place - Dunham Massey by Jayne Jones - Credit: Archant

We reveal the winners of our photography competition sponsored by Wilkinson Cameras

2nd place - Culcheth sunset by Ian Fletcher

2nd place - Culcheth sunset by Ian Fletcher - Credit: Archant

This charming picture of a squirrel at Dunham Massey has taken top prize in our annual readers’ photographic competition.

It was taken by Jayne Jones of Grappenhall and our panel of judges selected it from the hundreds of entries which were uploaded to our website since the competition was launched in April.

Jayne’s prize is a Fuji Film X100T camera worth £796 provided by competition sponsors Wilkinson’s Cameras.

Mum-of-two Jayne has owned a camera since she was a child, but said: ‘I’ve only really understood what I’m doing with my camera in the last few months. I’ve had a digital for years but always left it on Auto because I didn’t know what the other settings were.

‘Last November someone posted on a Facebook page saying that they were going to take pictures of fireworks and asking if anyone wanted to go along. I said I did, but that I didn’t know how to use my camera properly. When I was there, they started showing me how the different settings worked and by about March I’d got the hang of it.’

3rd place - Macclesfield Forest by Chris Heapy

3rd place - Macclesfield Forest by Chris Heapy - Credit: Archant

The 50-year-old’s winning shot was taken around that time at Dunham Massey, but it might not have happened if her son hadn’t had a headache.

‘I took him in to school late because he was unwell in the morning, and I stopped off at Dunham Massey on my way home to take pictures of the bluebells. I wasn’t happy with any of the shots I’d taken but then I noticed a squirrel watching me. I quickly swapped lenses and snapped him and he scampered away.’

The panel of judges included David Parkinson from Wilkinson’s Cameras and Cheshire Life editor Louise Allen-Taylor and they chose this shot of a glorious sunset at Culcheth by Ian Fletcher from Culcheth to win the second prize of a Wilkinson Camera voucher worth £150.

The third prize of a £100 Wilkinson Camera voucher went to Chris Heapy of Macclesfield for his picture of the sun shining through the trees in Macclesfield Forest.

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Be in the picture

We will launch our 2017 readers’ photography competition in the spring, but in the meantime, our website is still open for you to add your photos to our online gallery, simply go online to the photo section and click on the ‘Upload a Photo’ tab.

You will be asked to register, which is free and also allows you to comment on articles and photographs on the site and to take advantage of special offers.

The camera champions

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