A STUNNING array of photographs snapped by the borough's keen eyed photographers have gone on display at Bury Art Museum.

The annual Bury Photographic Society competition exhibition was opened on September 29 with a ceremony lead by The Mayor of Bury, Councillor Jane Black.

After declaring the exhibition open the mayor seized the opportunity to enjoy the 150 photographic prints and the same number of digital images.

Of the spectacular collection the mayor was particularly drawn to two award winners, including Richard Lodge's Path to Tree from Mam Tor ­— taken on a outing with the Landscape Special Interest Group to Mam Tor, near Castleton in Derbyshire, on a dull February day last year.

She was also captivated by Mike Beard's Urban Leisure ­— taken in Castlefield, Manchester, on a walk in search of interesting and unusual architectural shots; and featuring a fellow walker as a model.

Cllr Black said: "I was delighted to be invited to open the Bury Photographic Society's annual exhibition.

"I love photography and it was a very impressive exhibition covering a wide range of subjects. Some of these photographs are as good as any professional photographer could take.

"They used wonderful techniques and all the pictures were excellent ­— particularly those that won awards and were highly commended."

The mayor added that she would "encourage everyone to visit the exhibition and make the most of what Bury Art Museum has to offer".

Held annually, the exhibition features dozens of images entered into the photographic society's competition held earlier in the year.

The exhibition is then usually staged in April, but this year had to be put back due to the scheduling of the Victoria Wood exhibition, currently housed in the gallery.

Also in attendance at the exhibition opening were Ian Aldcroft, president of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union, and Paul Wood, former president of Bury Photographic Society.

Mr Wood said: "The competition has gone down very well. We have had around 300 entries into the competition, plus digital images, and the standard has been very high in Bury again."

The exhibition runs until November 17.