Bristol's 'army of the night' celebrated in exhibition

Christmas Lights Image copyright Helen Sheppard
Image caption HR manager Helen Sheppard's photo of Christmas lights being installed won the competition

Photos celebrating a city's "unsung army" of nightshift workers have gone on display.

Thousands of images were taken on 24 and 25 October for the "24 Hours in Bristol" photographic competition.

Its "Magic Hour" theme was chosen because the dates coincided with the clocks going back - giving most people an extra hour in bed.

Helen Sheppard's image of a technician on a cherry picker installing Christmas lights won first prize.

HR manager Ms Sheppard, from Frenchay, said: "Walking around at night taking photographs I noticed just how many people are up working in the early hours of the morning."

Image copyright Adrian Warr
Image caption Another highly commended image, taken by Adrian Warr, from Stoke Bishop, was of night supervisor cleaner Caroline Strawford, who has worked at Temple Meads station for almost seven years. At the end of the shift, the station looks "brilliant" and passengers "think wow", Ms Strawford said.
Image copyright Martin Walker
Image caption Second prize was won by Martin Walker, from Wellington in Somerset, who photographed Bristol City Council cleaner Kevin Rawlings sweeping up rubbish from the empty streets at 05:30. Mr Rawlings said they picked up a "wide range of things" from fridge freezers to syringes.
Image copyright Sarah Khoury
Image caption Sarah Khoury took this image at 01:09 of a security guard at the Thekla bar
Image copyright Thomas Page
Image caption Thomas Page's image of a police van rushing along Park Street at 01:19 also caught the judges' attention
Image copyright 24 Hours in Our City Ltd
Image caption Early riser: This image, taken inside the Co-op, Clifton, shows a member of staff carrying out checks in the bakery at 05:16

The photos are on display at the Harbourside Arts Centre, off Millennium Square, from 2 - 11 December.

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