A snap happy photographer from Brighton has been awarded with a camera worth £500, after winning HiQ's 2011 photo competition.

Phil Steere scooped the prize after responding to HiQ's appeal to fans of the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship to send in photos capturing the season's thrills and spills.

The HiQ fast fit network received hundreds of entries from devoted fans, with a host of images capturing their favourite driver's trials and tribulations around the track.

But there was one shot that stood out to HiQ, which the brand believes conveys all the excitement and anticipation of a day watching one of the world's best motorsport events. 

HiQ retail marketing manager Geraldine McGovern said: "We had hundreds of entries to choose from and while the decision was extremely tough, we couldn't see any other winner apart from Phil's once we'd looked through each entry closely.

"We wanted a photo that captured the spirit of the British Touring Car Championship and that is exactly what Phil managed with this shot.

"Out of all the entries, this was the only one we received which featured the cars in a stationary position. Yet in doing so, the overall mood, anticipation and excitement of the moment is heightened.

"To frame the shot so effectively and even capture the watery autumnal sunshine from a pivotal race weekend at Brands Hatch made the photo all the more poignant as well.

"In short, it is what the BTCC is all about and we loved this picture."

Winning snapper Phil, said: "What I love about the photo is that it captures the excitement and anticipation that I always feel at the start of a BTCC race. There's nothing quite like seeing the cars lined up ready for action waiting for the lights to go out and the drivers to come hurtling past you.

"It was a great day of racing at Brands Hatch in the blazing sunshine and the photo was taken at the start of the last race as the sun was beginning to go down."

Geraldine concluded, "Well done Phil. We hope he will put the camera to good use and send us some more shots when the 2012 season gets underway."

Winning snap by Phil Steere