Award-winning amateur photographer Tony Boxall has died aged 81.

Tony won Amateur Photographer of the Year in 1969 and was featured again in the magazine in 2008.

He died at his home in Horley, Surrey last month, reported the Surrey Mirror newspaper.

Tony?s son Colin told the paper: ?He never stopped. Every day he got up and found a new challenge. He was always trying to do something different.?

Colin said his father was taking pictures of snow on the morning he died last month.

Tony picked up 400 awards and leaves an archive of around 20,000 images.

Speaking to the Independent newspaper in 2007 – for an article about how to make cash from your hobby – Tony said: ?I gave myself a project of photographing true Romany gypsies from 1964 to 1969 and ended up with three thousand pictures.

?I sat on them for years and then I started selling them to picture libraries. I think I?ve made around £70,000 from my hobby so far.?

Last November Tony launched an autobiography, called Negative to Positive, which he dedicated to his wife, Eve, who died in 2009.

Tony?s funeral will take place at Surrey & Sussex Crematorium in Crawley, West Sussex on 21 January (12.45pm).