An eye-catching wildlife shot sealed the deal for September’s monthly winner in News Shopper’s camera club.

The photographer behind the lens for this impressive image of a seal taken at Thamesmead riverside was Tim Ballard, who wins the £50 prize for the ‘photo of the month’.

Tim, from Abbey Wood, said: "I guess it was a lucky shot as the seals, up to four in number, are usually side on to the camera. I think this one was making his way up the beach to avoid the incoming tide."

As good as Tim’s picture is, it was still a tough job choosing a winner from the high-quality entries we had during September – some more of which you can see on this page.

The News Shopper Camera Club is a group on Facebook for people looking to get their photos published online and in print.

Now with more than 650 members, the club invites people to share their best photos from around the area, as well as talk to fellow photographers, join in projects and enter our competitions.

If you’re an enthusiastic amateur snapper, you can request to join the group.

Once accepted, you’ll be able to add your pictures to the group, join in the conversation and contests and also possibly have some of your photos used here in the newspaper or on our website.

For October we’ve challenged members to share images on a water theme.