This striking image by top Wearside photographer David Lawson has earned him a merit prize in a major international photography competition.
Chester Road-based David is now in the finals of the forthcoming Master Photographer of the Year Awards 2011, run by the UK organisation for professional photographers.
He faces a nervous few weeks while he waits until the awards ceremony when the overall winners will be announced.
Colin Buck, chief executive of the Master Photographers Association, which runs the awards, said: “It is exciting to reach the merit award stage of judging as David was in competition with the very best photographers in the world.
“There were more than 2,500 images submitted this year, so to be awarded a merit prize is a real success.
“Well done to David and good luck in the final.”
The Master Photography Awards 2011 presentations ceremony will be held at the Gateshead Hilton on October 9.