A navy chef from Minchinhampton has won Best of England’s Cotswolds and Gloucestershire Photography Competition with a summer snap of North Nibley.

When Josh Adamms enter the competition set up by the independent travel guide company, he thought his confirmation email might be the last he heard of it.

The self-described amateur photographer had no idea he would come out on top, with his picture printed in their brochure and a small cash prize.

Stroud News and Journal: The winning picture of North Nibley taken by Josh AdammsThe winning picture of North Nibley taken by Josh Adamms

“I could not believe it. There were so many strong images so when mine was picked I was overwhelmed, really happy and excited at the same time,” he said.

Following seven years as a leading chef in the Royal Navy, Mr Adamms has worked in river maintenance and practiced photography as a hobby.

He said he likes to take pictures of interesting weather conditions, birds and nature.

Runners-up included pictures of Castle Combe in Wiltshire, Bliss Mill in Chipping Norton and Selsley common in Stroud.