Picture credit: Andy Coffin

Andy Coffin, 59, beat almost 1,000 images to scoop a £3,000 prize that included an Olympus Pen E-PL5, for his shot of Temple Meads railway station.

Entrants were given a one-hour time slot in which to capture the ‘essence of life in the city’.

Andy, who works for BT, said: ‘I was drawn to the station as I thought that would be one of the busiest places between 7am-8am – the slot I was given to take the photograph.’

Mike Porter, director of contest organiser Art Ventures, said: ‘This photograph truly sums up what the city is about – a great, innovative 19th century Brunel building situated in a beautifully positioned city – depicted with a lot of style and technical skill by a photographer who has taken the brief of capturing “the essence of Bristol” very seriously.’

Rich Perrin, a graphic designer from Hampshire, was runner-up and gallery-owner Martin Urmson from Wiltshire, third.

Hundreds of photographers took part in the Twenty Four Hours in Bristol competition which boasted £8,000 in prizes.

Run in association with Amateur Photographer (AP) it was judged with the help of AP’s studio manager Andrew Sydenham.

The judging panel also included Royal Photographic Society director general Michael Pritchard.

Picture credit: Rich Perrin