The Harpenden Photographic Society has named its photographer of the year, and revealed its three most popular images from its annual exhibition.

The three images include 'Wonderment' by Tom Couch (featuring a butterfly on a child's hand), 'Self Employed' by Tim Tate (featuring a rough sleeper in front of a sign reading "be your own boss") and 'Time For a Drink' by Ali Asplin (showing two monkeys drinking from a pool).

St Albans & Harpenden Review: The award winners from the Harpenden Photographic Society's awards evening.The award winners from the Harpenden Photographic Society's awards evening. (Image: Steve Collins / Harpenden Photographic Society)

The images were voted for by the public, with 'Wonderment' receiving the most votes, followed by 'Self Employed' and 'Time for a Drink'.


Over 180 print images were displayed at the exhibition, which saw "near record-breaking" visitor numbers.

The society's photographer of the year was also named, with Paul Johnson taking the accolade.

St Albans & Harpenden Review: 'Wonderment' by Tom Couch.'Wonderment' by Tom Couch. (Image: Tom Couch / Harpenden Photographic Society)

Paul is the vice chair of the Harpenden Photographic Society, and has won the photographer of the year award on five previous occasions.

He said: "There were some incredible images entered throughout the year by the many members that participated in the Annual Competition, and so I am extremely proud to have achieved this accolade for the sixth time."

St Albans & Harpenden Review: 'Self Employed' by Tim Tate.'Self Employed' by Tim Tate. (Image: Tim Tate / Harpenden Photographic Society)

Individual category winners included Malcom Jenkins (for Colour Print), Paul Johnson and Tim Tate (for monochrome print) and Peter Stevens (for Digital Projected Image).


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Two additional challenges, on Panel of Three and Audio Visual categories, were won by Brian Cooke and Richard Greenaway.

Steve Collins, chair of the Harpenden Photographic Society, commented: "Although this was another tightly fought competition year, with incredible images being submitted by members into the various rounds, it became apparent early on that Paul was going to be the one to beat this year.

St Albans & Harpenden Review: 'Time For a Drink' by Ali Asplin.'Time For a Drink' by Ali Asplin. (Image: Ali Asplin / Harpenden Photographic Society)

"A thoroughly well-deserved win by Paul.

"I’d also like to congratulate all of the category winners and runners-up, who contributed such exceptional images this season."

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Paul Johnson collecting his award.Paul Johnson collecting his award. (Image: Steve Collins / Harpenden Photographic Society)

The Harpenden Photographic Society is now in its 87th year.

Further information can be found on the society's website: www.