THE winner of this year's Wiltshire Photography Competition has been revealed.

VisitWiltshire's annual contest challenged photographers to capture the essence of the county, considering the themes timeless wonders, timeless places, timeless pleasures and timeless nature.

This year's winner is Peter Connell, from Staverton near Trowbridge, who has won a £200 Castle Cameras gift voucher for his image Bratton, Westbury.

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Peter was presented his voucher outside the camera store in Salisbury on Saturday.

Talking about the winning image, he said: "It was just before 7am in February, just before the sun came over the horizon - often called the 'blue hour'.

"It was a fantastic scene with some mist in the valley and the red sky gradually appearing - and so peaceful!”

The first runner-up is Agnieszkia Kucinska, with her image Barbury Castle.

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The second runner-up is Chris Donahue with his image titled Reflection on the Past, and both runners-up will each receive a £50 Castle Cameras gift voucher.

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Peter added: “Wiltshire has so much to offer that I think I have countless amazing opportunities that everyone else is missing.

"Hence, every weekend I'll be out there with my camera on the tripod, usually either before dawn or close to sunset to get the best light."

The competition was in partnership with Newsquest and sponsored by Castle Cameras.

Fiona Errington, marketing manager at VisitWiltshire, said: “We have been greatly impressed with the high standard of the photos submitted, and it proved a very tough job to narrow them down to a shortlist.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered the competition – there was a fantastic variety of images submitted, from atmospheric landscapes and picturesque towns and villages to iconic attractions and beautiful flora and fauna.”