There have been some wonderful pictures across these pages over the past four weeks as our talented photographers have showcased their favourite and best photos of this year, but the time has again come to set them a new challenge.

December is here, the festive season is fast approaching - the next theme is 'counting down to Christmas'.

The Watford Observer Camera Club is a Facebook-based group.

It is open to all photographers, from those who snap pictures on their phones to professionals who capture perfect shots with specialist equipment.

Every four weeks usually, members of the camera club are set a new challenge, a theme is selected and then the work starts for our talented photographers.

Search for Watford Observer Camera Club on Facebook. Ask to join the group and we’ll accept you.

In addition to Jo Kedgley's gorgeous image of a swan carrying her cygnets at the top of this page, this week’s selection of pictures were taken by:

Luke Allen

Watford Observer: Image: Luke Allen

Johanne De Luca

Watford Observer: Image: Johanne De Luca

Stephen Danzig

Watford Observer: Image: Stephen Danzig

Sandy Heywood

Watford Observer: Image: Sandy Heywood

Julie Holmes

Watford Observer: 'Into the woods...''Into the woods...'

Shweta Mehta

Watford Observer: Image: Shewta Mehta

Tracey Phillipps

Watford Observer: 'At the Aquadrome''At the Aquadrome'

Robert Stapleton

Watford Observer: 'Wood Farm woodland walk''Wood Farm woodland walk'