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Misty image wins top photo prize

On a cool autumn morning, swirling mists drift across a still English lake.

It's glass surface reflects a crisp mirror image of the fog, a solitary island and the wall of mountains that dwarf it.

Derbyshire-based photographer Tony Bennett captured the poignant image of Crummock Water in Cumbria through his camera lens.

It was enough for Mr Bennett to become the seventh winner of the annual Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year award.

The image, dubbed "Mists and Reflections", earned Mr Bennett £10,000 prize money.

Mr Bennett said capturing moments like the one he did was what drew him to photography.

" Every second the scene was changing, creating a hundred memorable images but this moment particularly caught my attention," he said.

"The still night mist began rolling and tumbling, as if in protest, as the heat of the sun vapourised and dispersed it forever.

"Within a minute it was over; a moment in time, never to be repeated but always remembered."

Take a View founder Charlie Waite said Mr Bennett's image represented the the talents of UK photographers and their ability to capture the country's natural beauty.

"Tony Bennett's magical image evokes the spirit of the Lakes - a personal view that speaks to many," he said.

While Mr Bennett took the top prize, winners and runners-up were announced in 15 other categories.

All successful entries in the competition will be on display at the National Theatre in London from December 7.

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