OVER the past month, we have asked budding photographers from across Australia to submit pictures that capture the essence of the game from a grassroots level.

The winner will shadow AFL Media's award-winning photographer Michael Willson at the round 22 AFL match between Hawthorn and the Gold Coast at Marvel Stadium.

>> Check out some of the other entries below

With over 3000 entries, we were overwhelmed with the breadth and quality of the entries.

Here are Michael Willson's top 10 entries. To find out the winner, watch the video above.

Picture: Andy Stanley @_andystan. Location: Yarra Ranges VIC. Club: Belgrave

Picture: Andrew Wiseman @wisemansports. Location: Rowville, VIC. Club: Rowville Knights vs Ferntree Gully Eagles

Picture: Lisa Burge @lisa_28b. Location: South Gippsland, VIC. Club: Stony Creek

Picture: Michelle Mager @michelle_mager. Location: Midland, WA. Club: Midland Tigers

Picture: Amber Noseda @greatoceanphotography. Location: Apollo Bay, VIC. Club: Apollo Bay Hawks

Picture: Phyllis Queally @phyllisquealy. Location: Trevor Barker Beach Oval Sandringham. Club: Fitzroy VAFA

Picture: Chris Brown @zoonabar. Location: Swan Hill, VIC. Clubs: Kerang v Koondrook-Braham

Picture: Colin U’Ren @colinurenphoto. Location: Uluru, NT. Clubs: Amata v Pipalyatjara

Grant Viney @grantvineyphotography. Location: Penguin, TAS. Club: Penguin Two Blues

Rose Zarucky @rosewithone_eye. Location: Heidelberg, VIC. Clubs: Heidelberg v Hurstbridge

>> See below for more entries