Three snap happy Tour de France spectators have been revealed as winners of a haul of top prizes.
Ben Jessop, Lee Stones and Steve Reed’s images were plucked from more than 200 entries to the Yorkshire Evening Post and Sky’s Grand Depart amateur photography competition.
An expert panel of judges sifted through piles of pictures submitted by some of the millions of cheering fans who witnessed the once-in-a-lifetime visit of Le Tour flash by in person.
They were whittled down to a 15-photo shortlist this week, with five in each of the Best Landmark Shot, Best Cycling Team Shot and Best Team Sky Picture categories before our winners were snapped up.
Each winner will receive a signed Team Sky jersey, a canvas print of their image and a Sony SLT-A58K digital SLT camera, memory card and case.
Richard Flint, managing director at Sky in Leeds, said: “There have been some fantastic images entered into our Tour de France photography competition – Yorkshire Evening Post readers have done a great job in capturing the best bits of the Grand Depart as it headed through the region.
“Choosing the winners of the competition has been a really tough task, however, Ben, Lee and Steve’s shots were all chosen as each of their pictures perfectly captured not only the enjoyment of fans and riders along the route, but also the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and landmarks in all their Tour de France glory.”
Ben Jessop’s part-focused image won the Best Cycling Team Shot and was praised for capturing the movement of the race.
Lee Stone’s picture of riders at the startline in front of the towering Leeds Town Hall was named Best Landmark Shot, winning plaudits for showing the excitement of fans and riders ahead of the stage one start.
Steve Reed’s panoramic image was chosen as the Best Team Sky Shot for capturing the essence of team spirit.
Nicola Furbisher, managing editor of the YEP, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response to our photography competition, and the quality of entries was magnificent.
“We’d like to thank our three deserved winners as well as all those who entered – your pictures will prove long-lasting mementos of a fabulous weekend in Yorkshire.”