All submitted photographs were of a very high standard and judging between them and deciding on winners was an exceptionally hard task.
Photographs were judged on a balance between photographic merit and relevance to the subject 'Lighting the dark' in that the photograph should contain careful, and appropriate, use of light.
Thank you to all who took the time to enter, and sorry we couldn't award a prize to everyone.
Water Cascading, Carrock Wolframite Mine by Jimbo.
Unanimous first place went to this photograph. Perfect dark/light contrast shows the water streaming from the hopper yet doesn't detract from the fact that first and foremost this is photograph of a mining artifact.
This year's 1st prize donated by Excellent Stuff was a StenLight S7 headlamp.
Quartz Pillars, Carrock Wolframite Mine by Blackshiver.
A superbly lit photograph managing to take in a variety of different shades of rock without the white quartz becoming burnt out.
This year's 2nd prize donated by ABC Powermarine was a Fenix TK10 flashlight, CR123 charger and four CR123 batteries.
Rampgill Shaft, Rampgill Lead Mine by sparty_lea.
The pitch black foreground and shadows from the pipes make this photograph all the more mysterious, and the photographer is in the frame.
The Mike Moore prize for 3rd prize donated by Moore Books was £40 worth of mining books.
Each of these runners up came within a whisker of winning a prize, and are presented below in no order other than username alphabetical order.
Arching, Smallcleugh Lead Mine by LAP.
This photograph came ever so close to being in the top three, the carefully applied lighting shows every detail of the arching on one side, with the opposite side in contrasting darkness.
Winch Incline, Burtree Pasture Lead Mine by Mr Mike.
A classic view of an underground incline, again with the photographer in the frame make the job of timing and lighting the shot all the more difficult.
Rampgill Shaft, Rampgill Lead Mine by Heb.
An alternate, and excellent, take on the Rampgill Shaft, here lighting is provided by several explorers to show every detail of the shaft with a warm and uniform light.