‘In Pairs’ photography competition: the results and our winner

We had precisely 88 entries to our ‘In Pairs’ photography competition in February — none of them featured two fat ladies, though. Choosing a winner was even tougher than ‘Fresh Starts’ back in January. But the four of us whittled it down to one victor. Their prizes?

Before we get to the winner, let’s take a look at some of the February entries. None of which contain the Eiffel Tower, no matter how many times you misread it as ‘In Paris’. The talent we’ve seen over the past four weeks has week remarkable:

The swans!

Where better to start capturing pairs than with the very bird whose necks come together to form love hearts? Here’s a selection of shots of the Canoe Lake swans we got through this month:

Sarah Ann Brown


Bailey Williamson

Dave George Cooper

In Pairs

Dawn Roberts

Corina Harvey

Leon Slater

Charlotte B. — pairs of pears!

Claire Messenger

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Dave George Cooper

James Brand

The Top Picks

In Third Place: Alex Slator

January’s overall winner hopped back into our top picks section this month with this fantastic capture of a man and man’s best friend taking a leisurely stroll down the seafront, on the path snaking between Southsea Castle and the Castle Field battlements.


In Second Place: Paul Watt

Cute candid couple, sharp architectural geometry, and nautical references in the spinnaker-shaped streetlights, millennium walk anchor crest, and glimpses of harbour water. This street shot from Paul Watt is wonderful.


In first place, this month’s winner: Johnny Black!

It’s not just that this is a beautiful and unique perspective of the Royal Garrison Church in Old Portsmouth, or that Johnny has captured the sun casting a pleasingly long shadow across its roof — it’s the perfectly-placed and expertly-composed candid couple, and the second pair in the photo: two slits in the spire’s shadow cut out by its windows. A well-deserved February victor. Follow Johnny Black on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and pay a visit to his website »