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In pictures: Faith Through a Lens

Merryn Fawssett's picture, Circle of Faith, has been named as the overall winner of the Faith Through a Lens photography competition for 2014. Now in its fifth year, the competition aims to show the positive role faith plays in everyday life through the medium of photography.

Image copyright Merryn Fawssett

In addition to a personal prize, the winner and two highly commended entries are awarded £1,000 for a charity of their choice. Fawssett has chosen to donate her charity prize to The Feast, a charity group based in Birmingham which works to promote community cohesion between Christian and Muslim young people.

The awards were judged by photographer Don McCullin, photo journalist Hazel Thompson, the Reverend Dr David Cornick and Paresh Solanki, representing the Inter Faith Network.

Image copyright Sian Tudor Davies

Sian Davies's highly commended picture was taken on Huntington Beach, California. The judges felt there was a quirkiness and theatrical element to this image that made it stand out. Davies nominated Integrate Bristol, to receive her charity prize. This charity helps with the integration of young people and children who have arrived from other countries and cultures.

Image copyright CHRISTINE WILLIS

Morning Collection by Christine Willis depicts novice monks in Kalaw, Myanmar, also known as Burma. This image was commended by the judges for its beautiful colours and Willis has donated her charity prize to the Church of the Epiphany, in Droylsden.

Here are the other seven images that make up the top 10 entries.

Image copyright Margaret Houston

Dust and Water by Margaret Houston shows hands in a font during a Lenten youth group meeting.

Image copyright Anthony Melendrez

The judges felt that the innocence of giving by Anthony Melendrez showed human spirit and told the story of giving through the eyes of a young child.

Image copyright Neil Perrin

Neil Perrin's picture uses a ring to create a heart shape and is titled, Loss of the woman I Loved.

Image copyright Constanze Hammerle

The font in the nave of Salisbury cathedral and its reflection were taken by Constanze Hammerle.

Image copyright Paul McGreavy

Paul McGreavy photographed Ibadi Muslims in al-Amirat, Oman.

Image copyright Alecsandra Dragoi

A Romanian lady worshipping at a Christian Orthodox church by Alecsandra Dragoi.

Image copyright Nasira Kasmani

Nasira Kasmani took this photograph in Jerusalem.

You can find out more information on the Faith Through a Lens website.

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