DARWEN artist Dave Gudgeon has won the main award at this years Ribble Valley Open Exhibition.

His painting 'Back Road to Clitheroe' the 'Selectors' Choice' prize.

Now Mr Gudgeon's work will be showcased next year in the Steward's Gallery of Clitheroe Castle Museum.

The annual exhibition is an opportunity for local amateur and professional artists to submit work on a given theme.

This year it was 'Pendle Life'.

Gudgeon said: "I'm delighted to have won.

"I love to paint, and this year's theme of an area close to my heart really got my creative juices flowing.

"I really am over the moon and this has really inspired me to carry on painting."

The second prize was won by Langho artist Peter Hopwood for his painting 'Pendle Hill from Moor Lane, Langho.'

The Ribble Valley Open Art Exhibition runs until 30 September 30, and all of the artwork featured is for sale.

Visitors to the exhibition can still vote in The People's Choice category and the winning artist will be announced in October.

Cllr Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's culture boss, said: "I'm sure visitors will be impressed by the high quality of Dave's work.

"His work is very compelling. He is a worthy winner, and is no stranger to success as he won it a few years ago.

"Over 30 local artists entered this year."