The number of hot air ballooning photos shared with us this season was higher than ever. Not only did we see lots and lots but the standard and quality of those images were fantastic too. So a huge thank you to everyone who shared their amazing images with us!

Receiving a massive 21.5% of overall votes to secure pole position in the Virgin Balloon Flights Annual Photo Competition 2011 was the breathtakingly atmospheric image taken over Longstanton in Cambridgeshire by Sam Tolley.

'Misty Morning' also won best in category securing a huge 29.4% of all the votes in Category 1 - Views from the Basket. Well done Sam; you've won a £125 Virgin Experience Days Gift Card for your category and overall win!

Sam shared 'Misty Morning' with us on the Virgin Balloon Flights Facebook page on 15th October 2011 and we thought it was pretty amazing back then - looks like we weren't the only ones to think so.

The photo was taken on a morning flight departing from our Cambridge launch site as Sam was looking in an easterly direction whilst about a third of the way through his flight.

You can purchase a flight voucher to fly from Longstanton and appreciate these amazing views that Sam so spectacularly captured, from as little as £169! You can even receive 20% off a round of golf on us!

Runner Up Winners

Huge congratulations also go to our category winners who each win a £25 Virgin Experience Days Gift Card!

Category 1 - Views from the Basket Winner = Misty Morning by Sam Tolley

Category 2 - People and Balloons Winner = Inside the Balloon by John Wells

Category 3 - Images of Balloons Winner = In Essex by Danyelle Motley

Category 4 - The Mechanics of Ballooning Winner = Inflating the Balloon by Helen Lehan

Each flying season (March - November) we hold a Photo Competition so if you have any ballooning images (of Virgin balloons) that you would like to share, you can find out more here.

Well done to everyone who took part this season and we very much look forward to next year's competition submissions.

To find out more about hot air ballooning with Virgin Balloon Flights including what to look forward to on the day of your flight visit our website.