As always, the standard of photography was high and our judges had a tough choice to make. But after much deliberation, the winners were selected - and here they are.....

1st place - Stuart Franklin

"I took the picture fairly early during the week. Having looked at another angle from behind I decided to try this front on position as I found I liked the moodiness of the sky better. The wispy grass was blowing around in front of the lens as I lay down to get the golfer in the position I wanted. I like the way that the grass has played with the clouds in the sky to give a more surreal effect. Also even though it's a colour image it looks black and white because of the greyness of the day. When I pressed the shutter I knew I was happy with the result. Taken on a D5 with the 70-200mm lens".

2nd place - Kohjiro Kinno

Jordan Spieth on the 13th tee at Royal Troon. Out of the four days at this years Open everybody knew there was weather coming in Friday afternoon. I needed photographs to tell the story of the day and these ominous clouds said it all. I'm from California so we don't get many opportunities to photograph cool clouds and sports so I was excited! I used a Nikon D4 with a 24-70 f2.8 covered in Nikon rain covers that kept all my other Nikon gear dry.

3rd place - Richard Heathcote

'The long shadows of early morning that are synonymous with The Open appeared on the very first round. I captured the first player off at 6.30am, Colin Montgomerie, from above using a Nikon D5 and 80-400mm housed in the Nikon/MRMC Robotic camera which was mounted 50m in the air underneath a TV hoist.'


Here are a selection of highly commended images that made it into the shortlist....

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