This years North Devon Heritage Photographic Competition has been hailed a huge success, with hundreds of entries. Judges were up against it with some 640 entries covering local life and landscapes submitted to the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon. The overall winner was John Wilson for his impressive picture of Blackchurch Rock, while the Under 16s category winner was Liam Waters for his Exmoor Fern photograph. The main section was judged this year by Gazette reporter Tony Gussin, who said it had proved an almost-impossible job. The calibre of entries across all the categories was so high, it was incredibly difficult to pick a winner in each category and so many pictures deserved a placing, he said. I went with Johns image because I felt it offered a unique perspective of a local landmark, a fascinating play of light and was a picture that revealed something else every time I looked at it. The Under 16s section was judged by Carl Klinkenborg and Mike Southon. There were special categories including Moorland, Bogs and Coastal Heath sponsored by the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership, plus Wildlife and Habitats sponsored by North Devon AONB and Life on the Tarka Trail sponsored by Westside Warehouse Books. The winning pictures as well as those commended and highly commended can be viewed at the Museum in Barnstaple.