THESE images of the lights defining Winchester High Street were the best in the Winchester Photographic Society’s (WPS) Christmas challenge.

Photographers were given the challenge of showing the city during the Christmas period by president of the society, Gavin Bowyer.

The picture by photographer Helen Otton was the winner.

Mr Bowyer said: “I encouraged our members to go out and capture images to express Winchester or Hampshire Christmas Lights.

“Many braved the elements and came back with photographs that showed the beauty and magic of the festive illuminations.”

Other highly commended images were by photographers Corinne Kozak of the Gluhwein stall, Geraldine Guthrie who snapped the cathedral Christmas tree, Steve Russell’s image of the statue of the man on the horse, and Geoff Sharman who captured the Guildhall in its festive decoration.

The society was founded in 1923. It is now one of the largest clubs in the southern region with a thriving membership of around 180 and with weekly attendance averaging 80.

Members’ photographic interests are broad and they try to reflect this in their programme of events.

In terms of photographic skills, a membership covers all levels, from absolute beginners who have yet to purchase a camera, to those who travel the world producing sensational images of people and places, flora and fauna.

The season for WPS re-commences on Tuesday January 7.

It is based in Winchester Discovery Centre, and meets each Tuesday evening through until June.

Mr Bowyer added: “The society is welcoming and friendly, and is open to people with an enthusiasm for photography at all ability levels.

“This, and many more images, can be seen on the WPS website where there is also further information including details of how to join the photographic society.”

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