Winner of the Digital Camera Photographer of the Year 2011

"What we are...", by Lee Jeffries

“What we are…”, by Lee Jeffries (UK)

Lee JeffriesThe overall winner of this year’s competition was Lee Jeffries, a Manchester-based amateur photographer who submitted an image of a homeless man called “What we are…”

“I’m incredibly honoured and surprised as the kind of shots I take don’t usually win competitions,” said Lee.

“I took this shot last November – I was walking around Manchester when I noticed something about this guy’s eyes. There was something wrong with them, obviously, but there was a quality about them too… I try to get an almost religious feel to my shots and I think it comes through in this image, with the way the light falls on his face. Anyway, winning this prize is a huge honour.”

See the other amazing images from the 2011 competition