PHIL Messenger's great picture of a paraglider at Barbury Castle as the sun goes down is the long-awaited winner of the Swindon Camera Club's Picture of the Month award for September.

As a registered member of the club Phil wins £50 of Love2Shop vouchers.

His picture was judged September's best by Advertiser chief photographer Thomas Kelsey.

Phil, a tool hire centre supervisor who lives in Walcot, took up photography about 10 years ago.

He said: "I used to take photographs of tarantulas which I kept and upload them to my web site.

"They seemed to go down well so I began to spend more time taking pictures."

If you’d like to join the club – and be in with a chance of winning – you need to register by emailing

Don’t forget to leave your name, location, and a daytime phone number.

Pictures should all be your own, preferably taken in and around Swindon, and not watermarked.

They can be submitted below, emailed to Ian Parker or posted on our Facebook group.

There you can chat with other members, see other inspiring pictures and share ideas. Search on Facebook for Swindon Camera Club or click on