SWNS Picture of the Year

And the winner is…

Votes were cast throughout December and January for the SWNS Picture of the Year 2015. One hundred of the most compelling images on the SWNS wire this year as chosen by our picture editors.

Over 4,000 votes were cast and although the votes were evenly spread among the photos, there was one standout winner.  It’s now time to reveal the winning photograph (drum roll please).

 

SWNS Picture of the Year 2015

THIRD PLACE

In third place with 173 votes was a Teddy bear pictured at Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall, Iceland. An amateur photographer took a string of stunning pictures of his teddy bear on holiday – after his wife refused to pose for the camera. Christian Kneidinger, 51, has captured the cuddly toy in exotic locations including Dubai and Mauritius. The father-of-two decided to put together an album last summer after he and his wife Ranati, 51, went on holiday to Iceland. This picture was chosen as the best by the SWNS picture editors and was entered into the competition.

SWNS Pictures of the Year 2015 - One hundred of the most compelling images on the SWNS wire this year as chosen by our picture editors. Pictured - Teddy bear pictured at Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall, Iceland. See Masons copy MNTEDDY. An amateur photographer has taken a string of stunning pictures of his teddy bear on holiday - after his wife refused to pose for the camera. Christian Kneidinger, 51, has captured the cuddly toy in exotic locations including Dubai and Mauritius. The father-of-two decided to put together an album last summer after he and his wife Ranati, 51, went on holiday to Iceland. Christian Kneidinger / Ross Parry

 

SECOND PLACE

With 252 votes, one of our own (SWNS staff photographers Tom Maddick) scoops second place.  Tom captured this magical image of a fallow deer roaming woodland at Wentworth Castle. The shot is taken from deep in the undergrowth at Wentworth Castle, Dodworth, Barnsley, where fallow deer roam free.

SWNS Pictures of the Year 2015 - One hundred of the most compelling images on the SWNS wire this year as chosen by our picture editors. A fallow deer roams woodland at Wentworth Castle today. Deer are free to roam the grounds of Wentworth Castle, Dodworth, Barnsley. Tom Maddick / Rossparry.co.uk

 

FIRST PLACE – SWNS Picture of the Year 2015

The sleeping labrador Dilly. This beautifully composed picture shot Villager Jim to fame after it “broke” the internet. Jim put together an incredible collection of heartwarming countryside images which showcase the rags to riches story of a photographer who shot to fame and has now released a book. The book features the best of the Derbyshire Peak District including landscapes, wildlife and country lanes.

Not only did Dilly break the internet, but the image received 1,133 votes in the competition (four times any other image). Villager Jim, who took the fantastic picture is known as the ‘Banksy’ of the photography world as his identity is still unknown (a closely guarded secret). His photographs have also won other awards and have appeared on the BBC’s Springwatch and Autumnwatch programmes. You can see more of Jim’s pictures here: http://www.villagerjim.com/

SWNS Pictures of the Year 2015 - One hundred of the most compelling images on the SWNS wire this year as chosen by our picture editors. The sleeping labrador Dilly - this picture shot Villager Jim to fame after it "broke" the internet. See Ross Parry copy RPYBOOK. This incredible collection of heartwarming countryside images showcase the rags to riches story of a photographer who shot to fame, and has now released a book. The book features the best of the Derbyshire Peak District including landscapes, wildlife and country lanes. Villager Jim, who took the fantastic pictures is known as the banksy of the photography world as his identity is still unknown. The book is released today (Thurs).

 

If you haven’t seen all of the entries to the Picture of the Year 2015 and want to see what The sleeping labrador Dilly was up against, you’ll find more truly breathtaking, captivating and amazing images here: http://images.swns.com/swns-picture-of-the-year-2015-vote-now

 

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Here’s a little taste of what else we’ve been up to in the last year.

 

 

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