Ink supplies maker Canon has named the winner of its pan-European competition to find the continent's best amateur photographer.

The accolade has been handed to Polish snapper Krzysztof Grygiel, who beat off competition from more than 83,000 other entries to win the prize for his image of the Warta river in the north-west of the country.

His shot was praised by the judges for its composition and balance, which they said demonstrates the capabilities of the current generation of DSLR cameras.

Marketing communications director at Canon Europe Nigel Taylor said: "We set out to encourage people to kick-start their photography adventure and inspire them to learn more about DSLR photography."

He added the tutorials and tips posted online by the company were viewed more than 700,000 times by individuals keen to sharpen their skills.

Earlier this week, Canon also offered its congratulations to Spanish photojournalist Samuel Essanda, who won the 2011 World Press Photo of the Year prize for his shot of a wounded protestor in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.