These wonderful photographs aim to capture the essence of life in Chester.

From the Eastgate down to The Groves and Cestrians themselves - the images show off the beauty of the city.

They are just a selection of entries in the ‘Chester Street Life’ photo competition.

Amateur snapper Mike Shaw was chosen as the winner for his brooding depiction of an elderly man as pipe smoke drifts away.

Mike Shaw's winning photo in the Chester Street Life competition

In second place was a photograph by Steph Gray showcasing a section of the city walls, and in third place was an image by Lisa Davies looking down Eastgate Street towards the clock.

A panel of judges including renowned photographer and journalist Damien Demolder assessed the entries and had some tough choices to make.

The competition itself was run by Camera Solutions on Frodsham Street with support from CH1ChesterBID.

Steph Gray's photo took second spot in the Chester Street Life competition

Camera Solutions manager Mark Tilling said: “We received some fantastic images of life in Chester but Mike’s picture really caught the attention of our judges.

“The quality of the entries was extremely high and we were really pleased that so many people took the time to enter.

“So many of the images uncovered new and interesting angles in the city centre and we hope the competition will have inspired people to pick up a camera and take photos more often.”

Lisa Davies's entry of Eastgate Street placed third in the competition

To see all of the competition entries, visit the Camera Solutions page at

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