Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Get in focus! Capture that moment and be a winner in the Belfast Telegraph's One Summer's Day photographic competition

St Colmcille on top of Binevenagh as he beckons to the sun near the end of a beautiful day. Jennifer McClelland, Age 61.
St Colmcille on top of Binevenagh as he beckons to the sun near the end of a beautiful day. Jennifer McClelland, Age 61.
Saturday the 29th of June, my wife flew to England early, the kids and were going to spend some special time together, all we had to do was wait for the dishwasher repair guy to come and the day was ours. When he didnt turn up till 17:30 the kids were climbing the walls with unspent energy.  By the time he left it was coming up to what is normally bedtime.  So what I thought, its daddy rules today, we packed them into the car and headed to the beach at Crawfordsburn country park. They started to run along the beach exploring the rocks and shallows pointing out shells and crabs and pulling seaweed and pretending to be sea monsters.  The sun was just starting to set and they happened to see a bunch of seagulls on the rocks in the shallows.  For the next 45 minutes they proceeded to chase after them every time they landed and i got a few pictures.
Rob Gardiner (37)
Saturday the 29th of June, my wife flew to England early, the kids and were going to spend some special time together, all we had to do was wait for the dishwasher repair guy to come and the day was ours. When he didnt turn up till 17:30 the kids were climbing the walls with unspent energy. By the time he left it was coming up to what is normally bedtime. So what I thought, its daddy rules today, we packed them into the car and headed to the beach at Crawfordsburn country park. They started to run along the beach exploring the rocks and shallows pointing out shells and crabs and pulling seaweed and pretending to be sea monsters. The sun was just starting to set and they happened to see a bunch of seagulls on the rocks in the shallows. For the next 45 minutes they proceeded to chase after them every time they landed and i got a few pictures. Rob Gardiner (37)
'Wee Molly daydreams'

This photograph was taken in Dromantine where I live nearby and have many happy memories. This image is special to me as the child whom is a close neighbour is wearing my childhood dress which I wore many summers ago. I wanted to capture and reflect relaxation time at the start of the child's long summer in which she has all the time in the world to daydream. 

By Laura Jane Guiney, aged 32 (Adult entry).
'Wee Molly daydreams' This photograph was taken in Dromantine where I live nearby and have many happy memories. This image is special to me as the child whom is a close neighbour is wearing my childhood dress which I wore many summers ago. I wanted to capture and reflect relaxation time at the start of the child's long summer in which she has all the time in the world to daydream. By Laura Jane Guiney, aged 32 (Adult entry).

The day has dawned. Capture your best image tomorrow - and only tomorrow - for chance to win a break in our photo competition.

It's time to get snap happy – we're just hours away from One Summer's Day.

For one day only – tomorrow – we want you to grab your camera and get clicking for our annual mass participation photography event.

Once again, the Belfast Telegraph has teamed up with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to encourage photographers of all ages and abilities to capture an interesting image.

It could be spectacular landscape, a person or pet.

The main stipulation is that the photograph MUST be taken tomorrow.

The winner will walk away with a short staycation break, courtesy of NITB, and the best 100 photographs will be included in a special commemorative supplement, which will be produced and distributed in September.

Belfast Telegraph picture editor Peter Rainey said he wanted to see creativity and imagination in the entries.

"I'm looking forward to looking through this year's readers' snaps," he said.

"Let's hope the weather stays good and that entrants come up with some interesting, imaginative, creative pictures. Whatever summer means to you, that's what we want to see, whether it's a stunning landscape or a portrait or something more unusual."

In previous years the competition has attracted hundreds of entrants from across Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile, Stephen Clements of Citybeat said the location he'd like to photograph held a special meaning for him.

"I would like to photograph the Wren's Eggs on the walk at Blackhead in Whitehead," he said. "One of my earliest childhood memories was mum and dad lifting my brother and me up to them and remember thinking we were on top of a mountain. Seeing them now, well they're not that big, but they continue to create memories.

"It's also where I proposed to my wife, and luckily she said yes."

And U105's Jerry Lang said he would love to capture the Mourne Mountains. "I've always had an interest in photography and one place I've always wanted to photograph and never had the opportunity is the area around and including the Mournes," he said. "I'd love to snap places like Murlough Bay and also the slightly more off-the-beaten track parts of the mountains, streams, forests, landscapes."

What you need to know

Photos are to be taken ONLY tomorrow, Saturday, August 2, 2014. Entries will be split into three categories – primary school, secondary school and adult. Entrants must mark clearly their age and category when submitting their entry. Send your entry via email to onesummersday@belfast telegraph.co.uk with a note explaining the content of the picture and what makes it so special. The closing date for entries is Saturday, August 16 with winners to be announced in September. Failure to comply with any of the above rules and regulations will result in disqualification. Take one photo on one day and you could win the biggest photographic competition in Northern Ireland.

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