Oxford Mail Camera Club members excelled themselves this week with some fantastic sporting shots.

But one or two snappers decided not to go along with the chosen theme and submitted pictures instead of different subjects.

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And while we loved the photos of football, gymnastics, cricket and cycling, we also enjoyed the other images we saw, including this stunning shot from Paul Mallarini, which has ended up as this week’s Camera Club winner.

Mr Mallarini showed great dedication to the cause by getting out of bed at 4am to be in good time to record the sunrise at The Devil’s Punchbowl close to The Ridgeway, near Wantage.

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It’s an absolutely stunning photo of a new dawn in one of the county’s beauty spots which is perhaps a little underrated.

There were lots of fine contenders for the Camera Club winner but Mr Mallarini just edged it.

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This story was written by Andy Ffrench, he joined the team more than 20 years ago and now covers community news across Oxfordshire.

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