A photography enthusiast from Croydon in south London has won a photo competition run by organisers of the 2007 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

Mike Farley?s winning image, called Brighton or Bust, shows a determined driver and his passenger in a steam-powered 107-year-old ?Mobile Spindle-seat runabout?.

The photo contest challenged members of the public to capture their favourite moments at this year’s event, which took place on Sunday 4 November.

Judges said the driver?s expression evoked the spirit of the 60-mile race and the dedication of its 500 participants.

Mike, a member of Croydon Camera Club, said he entered the contest thanks to a story published on the Amateur Photographer website.

His winning shot was captured using a Canon EOS 400D and 70-210mm lens as he watched the race from Brighton Road.

?This was one of the first shots I took during the day. I took about 70 in total,? said 56-year-old Mike who has been a keen amateur since he was aged 8. ?I was specifically looking for an interesting character shot and I was extremely lucky when this gentleman sat forward just as I took the photograph.?

Mike?s prize is a place as a passenger in next year’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

Michael Rowley, 14, from London was named this year?s Young Photographer of the Year and Christopher Bailey from Cirencester in Gloucestershire won the mobile phone category.

Next year’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run takes place on 2 November 2008.

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Picture credit: Mike Farley

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