A newspaper competition enabling readers to submit photographs of the places where they live attracted more than 5,000 entries.
Run by regional publisher Trinity Mirror and recycling company Alupro, the ‘Love Where You Live’ competition offered total prize money of £10,000, plus the chance for winners to work with a press photographer for a day.
Sixty five of the best pictures are now on display until 27 April at Birmingham Botanical Gardens where the winners were announced.
The papers involved in the competition were the Western Mail, Liverpool Echo, Evening Chronicle in Newcastle, Birmingham Mail and the titles from Trinity’s Scottish and Universal Newspapers division.
The competition was open to amateur photographers across the UK on the themes of landscape, wildlife and people’s impact on the environment.
An additional section at the exhibition is showcasing what schools are doing to encourage their pupils to learn about the living world.
The newspapers set up dedicated pages on photo-sharing site Flickr to gather entries which were then featured in the papers each fortnight for the duration of the competition.
A judging panel of Trinity Mirror picture editors and professional landscape photographer James Kerr whittled down the entries to the final 65.
Rob Norman, Western Mail picture editor and head judge, said: “There wasn’t a picture there that the judges would not have been pleased to take themselves: the quality of entries was incredibly high.
“There are fabulous rural landscapes, thought-provoking urban shots, and well-observed pictures of people and animals – all making for a great exhibition.
“The last half-hour of judging was spent considering our favourite pictures against the brief to demonstrate care for the environment, and there was, shall we say, lively debate before final decisions were made.”
Three of the winners can be seen below and more photos can be seen on the Love Where You Live website.