This year’s Manchester Day photo competition attracted a fantastic response - but a winner has been found from among hundreds of dazzling submissions
Julio Cesar Perez Sansalvador, of Goulden Road, West Didsbury, scooped the top prize with his picture showing Manchester Day mascot, Pixel, towering over the parade and the enthusiastic crowds around Albert Square.
The Manchester Day Photo Competition judges felt Julio’s snap perfectly captured the size, vibrancy, colour and movement of the parade against the backdrop of Manchester’s City centre and the celebrating crowds.
Julio will take away the top prize – a new generation Apple iPad Air 2 with 128GB storage.
Tina Macdonald, of Prestwich Park Road South, Prestwich, snapped up second place with her entry showing the Batala drummers belting out some thunderous samba sounds. Competition judges found this image presented a great example of the fun and energy the parade is well known for.
Tina now has another reason to party in Manchester's city centre - she wins a night's stay including breakfast at Manchester's exclusive Hotel Gotham.
Runner up, Ben Trainer's entry showing a magical green dragon swooping from above the crowd towards the camera perfectly captured the vibrancy and movement of the parade.
Fellow runner up, Aleksandra Rolka, was chosen for her technically impressive picture - displaying the intricate and elegant costume and performance of one of the parade's dancers.
The two runners up – who are both from Manchester – each bagged £100 in gift vouchers to use across the city centre.
One of the North West's flagship events - this year's Manchester Day saw more than 2,000 participants, from more than 80 community groups, take to the streets for a spectacular parade through the city and entertainment in the city squares.
Cllr Pat Karney, Chair of Manchester Day, said: "Manchester Day is my favourite day of the year - it's wonderful to look through all of the submitted pictures showing the fantastic times had by all. Thank you to all the entrants who have reminded me that nothing quite matches up to the atmosphere around Manchester Day.
"As always, choosing the winners has been incredibly difficult - the standard of photography has been first class. We look forward to seeing your entries to next year's competition and of course to celebrating next year's Manchester Day - a magical event the whole city can be proud of.
"Cllr Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council's executive member for culture and leisure, said: "Showing the parade through the eyes of the crowd - the entries have perfectly captured the spirit of the day in all its glory. Mancunians like a party and Manchester Day always delivers.
"People of all ages get involved in celebration of everything that makes this city great. It’s a perfect day out for all the family while providing a welcome boost to city centre businesses"