Our best photo of Burghley House revealed
The best photo of Burghley has been revealed in our inaugural competition - but it was such a close call that our judges also picked three other runners-up.
Mercury photographer Lee Hellwing and Chris Duffill, representing Burghley House, had a tough task poring over the 63 entries we received.
And they picked the effort by Tamsin Colbourn, of Manor Close, Baston, as the overall winner.
They said the photo, which shows a deer with the house in the background, represented all that Burghley was known for - the house itself, the wildlife and the park.
She wins the top prize of a champagne afternoon tea for two in the Orangery, where she can toast her success.
But our judges faced such a tough choice - that they chose photos taken by Ken Bunch, showing the house in snow, and another by Adam Shorrock, showing sheep grazing in the park, as joint second.
And Sue Mears photo of her grandchildren making the most of Burghley was selected in third place.
Each of our runners-up will also receive a day ticket for the house and gardens.
Judge Lee Hellwing said: “We were really impressed by the quality of entries which showed all the different sides to Burghley.
“It was certainly a difficult choice to narrow it down.”
Mercury editor Kerry Coupe added: “We are really pleased with how this inaugrual best of Burghley photo competition has gone and we hope readers have enjoyed seeing the efforts over the past few weeks as much as we have.
“I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to enter and say a massive congratulations to our winner Tamsin and all our runners-up.”