The Belfast Telegraph's popular photography competition for readers is back
From scenes of Northern Ireland’s stunning coastline to photos of a family barbecue, the Belfast Telegraph is calling for budding photographers to take part in a competition.
The second annual One Summer’s Day competition launches today in a bid to capture the scenery, sights and places that are special to people across the province.
Thousands of amateur photographers are being urged to pick up a camera for the day and take a photo that shows what their local community means to them.
Participants can choose what to snap in their summery shot, from bounding pets to picnics in the countryside, a fun day out or a hidden neighbourhood gem.
The only requirement is that all photographs must be taken in Northern Ireland on one particular day — Saturday, June 18 — to qualify.
The competition, in association with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, will create a unique snapshot of how the province looked that day.
Entries are split into three categories — one for primary school children, one for secondary school children, and a third for everyone else.
Last year’s overall winner was a portrait of Cavehill in north Belfast, captured by 37-year-old Matthew Humphreys from Newtownabbey.
Six-year old Ultan O’Callaghan won the primary school award with a moving image of his brother and sister, while teenager Katie Steele wowed the judges with her atmospheric silhouette of White Rocks beach in Portrush.
Belfast Telegraph picture editor and competition judge Gerry FitzGerald said he hoped this year’s entries would be better than ever.
“The photograph should be of a particular place that means something to you for whatever reason,” he said.
“It may involve people or pets, it may be an action shot, or it may just be a beautiful scenic photograph.
“The results will give us a photographic time capsule of how Northern Ireland looked and what people were doing on one summer’s day in 2011.”
He added: “It doesn’t matter if you’ve taken the photograph on your mobile phone or an expensive digital camera.
“This competition is about choosing the right place at the right time and capturing a moment.”
Ruth Burns of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board said the competition was aimed at uncovering Ulster’s “hidden delights”.
“It gives everyone in the country an opportunity to show us what Northern Ireland means to them, and why it holds a special place in your heart,” she added.
The winners of each category will receive a five-star family break in Northern Ireland, with the top 100 photographs featured in a commemorative supplement in September.
In the run-up to June 18, the Belfast Telegraph and NITB are asking people to tell them where in the country they would like to photograph and why.
Send your answer with a photograph of yourself in an email to onesummersday@belfasttele graph.co.uk.
How to enter
Entries must be taken in Northern Ireland on Saturday, June 18. Photographers do not have to be professionally trained, and images can be captured on mobiles or digital cameras. Winners of the three categories will each receive a five-star family break in Northern Ireland. The top 100 snaps will be included in a supplement. Pictures should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with a note explaining the content and what makes the picture so special. The closing date is June 30 and the winners will be announced in September.