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The winner of the Courier‘s annual summer photo competition has been decided.

Geraldine’s Donna Shaw has won the top prize – a $100 voucher from Speight’s Ale House and a copy of Otago Daily Times chief photographer Stephen Jaquiery’s book A Life Behind The Lens – for her photo of a duck swimming among submerged lupins.

In second place is Cameron Gibb’s photograph of children leaping into Lake Opuha, and third place has gone to Susan Janhurst for her striking photograph taken at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. They will also each receive a copy of A Life Behind The Lens.

Although not usual, Judges Brian High and Simon Schollum highly commended two other photographs. They were Kevin Johnston’s photograph of his two grandsons scootering along a boardwalk, and Julie Johnson’s photograph of her two children playing in the waves at Caroline Bay.

Mr High and Mr Schollum had a big task as there were 80 photographs entered in the competition, including close-ups of flowers and bees, landscape shots, children and animals.

Both were impressed with the number of entries, and the quality of many of the photographs.

It was clear many had taken care to compose and capture the perfect shot, and those who had made sure to enter a “summer” photograph, they said.