The final pair of this year's #LoveFalmouth photography competition winners have been revealed as Lee Stephens and Peter Griffiths.

The six-month long competition has just concluded, with some wonderful photographs of activities, experiences and places around Falmouth taken. Many submissions were received and the judging team chose the winners based on their subject matter, composition and relevance to the theme.

Since its start, nearly 600 entries from amateur and professional photographers have been received. Each month between April and September, two images have been chosen from those uploaded to Falmouth’s official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.

Lee’s shot of a classic sailing boat on the River Fal portrays Falmouth’s spirit of the sea. Lee said: "September is one of my favourite months to get out with the camera, with the days crisp and clear as autumn sets in. I love being out on the River Fal with its fascinating variety of watercraft.

"Falmouth’s cultural identity is due in no small part to its strong maritime heritage and I wanted to capture a little bit of that in this shot. Taken from the King Harry Ferry, it was a case of being in the right place at the right time as the beautiful boat sailed in front of the historic riverside cottage."

The judges loved Peter’s detailed photograph of crew on a J Class yacht in Falmouth’s waters. Peter said: "A good friend invited me onto his ketch to watch the historic yachts racing in Falmouth's J Class Regatta and this image is of Velsheda sailing in the bay near St Anthony’s lighthouse.

"The heyday for these magnificent boats was the 1930s but such is the reputation of Falmouth’s sailing heritage that when a UK gathering was mooted, they chose to compete here first. It was a privilege being out there to capture the occasion."

This is the second year of the #LoveFalmouth photography competition organised by the Falmouth BID. The 2016 campaign culminated in an exhibition of the winning shots at The Poly and many of those shots are currently on display in the M&S cafe in Market Street.

The BID is once again working alongside its media partner the Falmouth Packet and prize sponsors to highlight all that makes Falmouth such a special place to live in, visit and experience.

The monthly winners have not only received a prize donated by the team of local sponsors, but will represent a month in an official #LoveFalmouth calendar, which will go on sale in town in time for Christmas.

September’s #culture theme was sponsored by Falmouth Festivals, who will be presenting our winners with a Champagne and oyster tasting experience for two at the Falmouth Oyster Festival.

Falmouth BID manager, Richard Wilcox, said: “The competition has gone from strength to strength with each new round of entries surprising us. I would like to thank our partners, prize sponsors and charity partner Cornwall Hospice Care for helping support the scheme.

"This is once again another good example of businesses working alongside the BID to ensure that exciting projects can take place in our special, award-winning town. The judging has been extremely tough but the photographs and accompanying quotes really do showcase the breadth and depth of Falmouth - its beautiful coastal environment, creative spirit, strong sense of community and rich maritime heritage.”

For detailed information on the #LoveFalmouth competition and to see the winning shots, go to