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A photographer has had his work displayed at a star-studded exhibition after winning a nationwide competition.

The black and white photo by Maurice Hammon, from Waterlooville, featured a horse and a rider against a brooding cloud-filled sky.

It was selected from more than 100 entries to the Specsavers Amazing Partnerships photography competition and took pride of place alongside the photos of nine other regional winners in an exhibition at the Haunch Of Venison art gallery in London.

The entries were judged by renowned photographer Adrian Houston, whose work was also featured in the exhibition.

Mr Hammon said: 'I was thrilled to find out that my photo had been chosen by such a well-known photographer. I'm so excited about seeing my work displayed next to Adrian's.

'The motor car has seemingly reduced the importance of an animal that has been a magnificent friend of man - the horse. This picture is a good reminder of the relationship between the two companions which goes back hundreds of years.'

He rubbed shoulders with actress Felicity Kendal and sports presenter and former footballer Gary Lineker at an exclusive preview.

And he was presented with a Pentax Digital Camera SLR (KX Digital SLP) camera worth more than 500 at the event.