London calling: From Battersea Power Station to a bird's-eye view of the Thames… award-winning photos of the capital
1,500 entrants in competition to capture the spirit of LondonSnaps include dazzling scenes of Big Ben, Hampstead Heath, Portobello Road and Greenwich
00:29 GMT, 5 December 2012
A light trail fizzes across the Millennium Bridge, while in the background St Paul's is barely visible under the night sky.
This electrifying image was among 1,500 entries in a photography competition by Beefeater Gin to 'bottle the spirit of London'.
The bridge scene – which took first place in the results announced today – was shot by Reema Sharma of Lambeth, south-west London, who experimented with light by using a long exposure.
Bird's Eye View by Rustam Eltham of Hammersmith & Fulham. 'My London is being awestruck, every time'
Millennium Bridge by Reema Sharma of Lambeth, south-west London. Entrants in the '#MyLondon' contest were asked to supply a short narrative with their image. She said: 'London is an experiment with light, on the Millennium Bridge facing St Paul's'
Battersea Power Station, by Neil Sharpe of Croydon, south London. He said: 'My London is Battersea power station from the train to Croydon'. This and all entrants below were runners-up
Big Ben, by Sandra Cockayne of Bradford, West Yorkshire. 'My London is always busy with traffic. An iconic London bus pulls up outside the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben'
Panoramic view – including the Shard and City Hall (left of the Thames, and, right the 'Walkie Talkie' under construction) – by Kestutis Balciunas of Buckhurst Hill, Essex. 'My London is a city which changes its face every day'
Among the other scenes snapped in the '#MyLondon' contest were Big Ben, Hampstead Heath, Portobello Road, Greenwich and Regent's Canal.
Each photographer provided a short narrative to accompany their work, describing what the capital means to them.
Helen McAleer, from Tower Hamlets, east London, who took a shot of Canary Wharf, wrote: 'My London is relaxing among the hustle and bustle of it all and remembering what a beautiful world we live in!'
And Tom Dunster, from Southwark, south of the Thames, snapped the London Eye bathed in a red light.
He said: 'My London is an exciting mix of old and
new, as captured by this view from the South Bank. The city is at its
vibrant best at night, when it comes to life.'
St Paul's by Dean Messenger. 'My London is a world of colour in black and white'
In flight (left) by Keith Campbell of Lincolnshire. 'My London is “The Best of British”. British Airways 747 passing the Houses of Parliament on its way to London Heathrow, topped off with a Union Jack!'; Right, The Wheel, by Mike Hewlett. 'My London is sunny and symmetrical'
Greenwich Sunset, by Nicola White of Greenwich, south-east London. 'Mudlarking and looking for old treasures at low tide along the banks of the River Thames in Greenwich. Living in the present whilst revelling in history!'
Wapping, by Nick Board. 'My London is Thames at Wapping'. Around 1,500 people entered the competition
Portobello Road market, by Karen Morris of Stratford. 'My London is unique and vibrant'
Red Wheel, by Tom Dunster of Southwark, south-east London. 'My London is an exciting mix of old and new, as captured by this view from the South Bank. The city is at its vibrant best at night, when it comes to life'
Among the runners-up were a picture of Battersea Power Station on a cloudy day, a silhouette of Tower Bridge and a colourful Chelsea Flower Show.
One haunting long exposure shot, taken by Sandra Cockayne of Bradford, West Yorkshire, shows an 'invisible' double decker pulling up outside the Houses of Parliament.
The 20 best entries are set to
receive a limited-edition photographic print, while the overall winner
gets a top-of-the-range SLR camera.
And Beefeater is well placed to run such a contest – as every drop of its gin, exported around the world, is produced at its distillery in Kennington, London, near the River Thames.
For more information, visit beefeaterginmylondon.com
A sepia shot by Frankie Godding of Collier's Wood, south-west London. 'My London is full of character and memories'
Regent's Canal by Ian Samuels of Hackney, east London. 'My London is outside my front door on the Regent's Canal'
View of Canary Wharf by Helena Mcaleer of Tower Hamlets, east London. 'My London is relaxing among the hustle and bustle of it all and remembering what a beautiful world we live in!'
Fields, by Eleanor Joliffe of south-east London. 'My London is my life, heart and soul. You're never far from a secret escape, and there is always something new just around a corner'
Chelsea Flower Show by Trisha Snowlin of Chippenham, Wiltshire. 'My London is The Chelsea Flower Show in the year of the Jubilee and The London Olympics'
An autumnal view of Hampstead Heath, in north-west London, by John Gentleman
A splash of colour, by Kevin Owbridge