Photo gallery: Photographers capture the beauty of county
The stunning setting where sea meets sky on the north Norfolk coast has been hailed the winner of a county-wide photography competition.
Thornham Quay has been hailed the stand-out image in Norfolk County Council's Norfolk Trails' Treasure photo competition.
Launched at the start of the summer holidays, photographers were invited to enter pictures which encapsulated what they treasured when exploring Norfolk Trails.
Six images were chosen as finalists by the judges last week, showing the picturesque scenes on Hunstanton coastal path, Redgrave Fen in the winter sun, Cromer Pier in the last of the day's light, on the Weavers' Way between Cromer and Great Yarmouth and at Burnham Overy Staithe.
The public were invited to pick their favourite, and after 500 votes were cast online, cleaning company owner Gary Pearson, 47, from Dersingham, scooped both the first and second place.
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He said: 'I've been a keen photographer since I was about six years old – in fact it has become a bit of an obsession.
'Living along the beautiful north Norfolk coast I find something catches my eye every day. I spend most of my spare time taking pictures – I even take my camera out with me when I'm out kayaking, and when I'm not taking pictures, I'm busy editing them.
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'This is only the second photo competition I've ever entered. The last one was a couple of years ago and I came second, so I'm delighted that this time I've gone on to win.'
And although the public vote meant the judging panel – made up of Nigel Pickover, Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News editor; Brian Hannah, chairman of Norfolk County Council; and David Yates, Norfolk County Council's senior trails officer – were spared the tough decision of picking the final overall winner, they did still have the job of announcing the under-13 champion.
Kitty King, 10, who lives in Thorpe St Andrew, was revealed as the junior winner of the competition, having impressed the judges with her photo of the scenic view across the River Glaven at Cley on the Norfolk coast path.
Mr Hannah said: 'Congratulations to our winners. There were so many great entries in the competition, which proves there really is much to treasure and to take in when out walking or cycling along the Norfolk Trails.'
All entries have been added to the official Norfolk Trails Treasure Flickr Group for everyone to enjoy and the top six are featured at www.norfolktrails.co.ukHave you captured the beauty of the region on camera? Email email@example.com