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A photographer in Haverhill has reached the final of the fiercely contested Guild of Photographers Image of the Year competition.

The Guild is a highly respected UK-based association for photographers, which also has overseas members, and runs an online monthly photographic competition, judged by internationally respected judges, with awards given to the best entries.

This year the competition has attracted over 13,000 entries.

Peter Benson's photo of Manhattan, 'The City That Never Sleeps' is in the final of the Guild of Photographers Award.
Peter Benson's photo of Manhattan, 'The City That Never Sleeps' is in the final of the Guild of Photographers Award.

It has recently been announced that from all the entries across the year, the guild’s judges have selected just 10 images in various genres to go forward to the annual Image of the Year final.

Among the ten is a picture taken by Peter Benson of Brooklyn, during a trip to New York.

Peter said: “Urban nightscapes in my photography passion and I put a lot of effort into developing my skills.

Peter Benson
Peter Benson

"One way I do that is to enter the guild’s competitions. It helps me push myself.

"When I look at the other images each month the standard is quite high, so knowing just how high those standards are, to have one of my images shortlisted for the overall final from the many thousands submitted across whole year is really exciting. I couldn’t believe it when I found out.”

Guild director Lesley Thirsk said: “One of the guild’s aims is to drive standards and creativity amongst photographers. Our competition certainly does that, for the standard of the entries we see each month is quite staggering.

This night time image of the Canary Wharf and Isle of Dogs area of London is another of Peter Benson's photos
This night time image of the Canary Wharf and Isle of Dogs area of London is another of Peter Benson's photos

"To have an image recognised by the guild in the monthly competition is difficult enough, so to have an image selected as being one of the best in a category for the end of year final is without doubt an incredible achievement, and shows just how talented a photographer Peter is.”

Judges gathered together from across the country this month to choose the overall winner. The results will be announced in early February.

To find out more about the Guild of Photographers and their competition visit its website , and to find out more about Peter visit his website