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Thursday 25 December 2014

Time to focus on Belfast Telegraph's One Summer’s Day photo competition

Last year's winning picture, Belfast from the top of Cavehill
My name is Matthew Humphreys, age 37, and I wish to submit this photograph which I took on Saturday the 19th of June 2010. It is a shot of Cavehill Mountain with Belfast city in the background. For me, what makes it so special, is that it is a place to escape to for some peace and quiet. We live in a more busier and frantic world nowadays and Cavehill Mountain for me, ticks all the boxes for when you want time to yourself to think and regroup.
Columbo the dog literally crashes into the water. Picture by Paul Clarke
Picture by Vineet Agarwal
One year-old Cara O'Neill shows a clean pair of heels as her big brother Evan, 4, takes a tumble during a race they had at Bay Road Park in Derry. Picture by Ciaran O'Neill
Good food and of course good craic, in glorious sunshine at a Saintfield garden party. Picture by Victor Corrie
"Comber Greenway". Picture by Victor Corrie
Six yachts from Bangor Marina sailing in Belfast Lough, with Carrickfergus Castle in the background. Picture by Trevor Moffet
Pipe Band competition in the grounds of Bangor Castle. Picture by Trevor Emerson
Sallagh Braes. Picture by Tim Geary
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. Picture by Margaret Elliott
Giant's Causeway. Picture by Thomas Elliott
Portballintrae. Picture by Christine Hobson
Morti going for a walk in Portballintrae. Picture by Christine Hobson
Daniel, Luke and Michael Kelly with Rory Kelly standing at Hazelbank park, Loughshore, Newtownabbey. Picture by Steven Kelly
My 14 year old son pulling my wife down Portstewart dunes, as my daughter looks on. Picture by Stephen Nesbitt
A special day when the breathtaking rhododendrons and azaleas are in full bloom along the path from Tollymore Forest Park's Aboretum to the Shimna River. Picture by Sam Anderson
This monument in Rostrevor was erected in memory of General Robert Ross, the man who captured Washington during the war of 1812 and has recently been restored to it's previous glory. Picture by Sophie Baxter
Simon, Alison , Evan (7), & Sara (4) from Dromore, Co.Down enjoying a family cycle along the Newry Canal Toe Path from Portadown to Scarva. Picture by Simon Calvert
Happy race goers at Down Royal. Picture by Shirley Graham
Taking some shade in the awning at Gosford Forest Park, Markethill, Co.Armagh. Picture by Elaine Price
The late evening sunlight streaming in through the window into the Coastguard Cottages in Portrush. Picture by Shiela Fairon
Fruit juice stall from the balcony, Castle Court, Belfast. Picture by Sharon Scott
Memorial run at Spelga Damn in the Mournes. Picture by Sharon Howes
Adam who is autistic and has no speech but really enjoys his paddling pool. Pure innocent joy! Picture by Sharon Coulter
A mixture of sport and the lovely Northern Irish landscape. Picture by Sebastian Buda
Down Cathedral from Inch Abbey, on the banks of the River Quoile, Downpatrick. Picture By Madeline Whiffen
Dad and youngest brother visiting the Millenium Stone, Delamont Park, near Killyleagh, Co Down. Magical, midsummer's evening! Picture by Madeline Whiffen.
Alternative World Cup 2010. Training for the Foyle Cup Competition. Picture by Madeline Whiffen.
Magic happens when you watch and wait in your garden. I was sitting in the sun in my garden in Millisle and the bee came to explore too. Picture by Sarah Williams.
Company Day Out (let ur hair down day) at the Down Royal Racecourse. Everyone got dressed up for the occasion and an enjoyable day was had by all. Picture by Sarah Cairns
The Piper. Picture by Sam Simpson
Strings. Picture by Sam Simpson
3 generations on an unspoilt strand. Husband, Son and Grandson perfectly in step on East Strand, Portrush. Picture by Eileen Moreland
Bangor approaching dusk after a balmy day. Picture by Ryan Simpson
An Iranian family enjoying a break from cycling at the Lock Keeper's Inn. Picture by Ryan Simpson
"Rathlin Cow" is one of the many cattle roaming free on Kebble Nature Reserve in the west of Rathlin Island. He was very happy to pose for photographs! Picture by Ross
"Cairn on Rathlin" is a small stone cairn on Altacorry Head near Rathlin East Lighthouse. Picture by Ross
"Rathlin Cottage" is the road on Rathlin Island heading towards West Lighthouse. Picture by Ross
The beach at Ballywalter which leads to Sandend Caravan Park where we have spent 38 happy Summers. Picture by Ronnie Patterson
Dusk on Portballintrae beach near the river mouth. Magical! Picture by Ron McAuley
An idyllic Summer's day, yet the sea still shows its power. The Co Antrim coast glistens in afternoon sunlight with Rathlin Island and Scotland in the background. Picture by Roger Goodwin
Bangor's walled Garden. Picture by Roberta Dunlop
Adam and Danielle King waiting for the pipe bands to parade at the County Down Pipe Band Championship, Bangor. Picture by Roberta Dunlop
Broadwater, part of the Lagan Canal System near Moira. Picture by Robert Wilkinson
Ice-cream van on Castlerock beach. Picture by Frank Sellar
Friends enjoying the sunshine, lunch and the cricket in Lurgan Park. Picture by Robert Scott
The long and winding road - one of the many green boreens throughout Ulster. Picture by "bobthebuilder"
East meets West in Cushendun - shot of Llama in field at Cushendun. Picture by "bobthebuilder"
Jewel in the crown - a telephoto shot of Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge. Picture by "bobthebuilder"
There'a a welcome in the hillside - gorse fire at Royal Portrush before the US Open. Picture by "bobthebuilder"
View of Groomsport. Picture by Richard Ryan
Brantry Lough in County Tyrone. Picture by Richard Moore
Country life at its summer's best. View of the Mountains of Mourne, Rathfriland. Picture by Rebecca McConnell
The lighthouse at Donaghadee when the sun is shining and all is calm and peaceful. Picture by Rachel Kennedy
Tranquil scene of the serene swans and ducks on the shores of Lough Neagh. Picture by Karen Pollock
Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band performing at Bangor Castle for the Co Down Pipe Band Championships. Picture by John Mitchell
A typical summer saturday walking the dogs in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, Belfast. Picture by Peter Breene
Sand Dunes at Murlough, Dundrum Bay, Co.Down. Picture by Peter Anderson
Sand Dunes at Murlough, Dundrum Bay, Co.Down. Picture by Peter Anderson
Sand Dunes at Murlough, Dundrum Bay, Co.Down. Picture by Peter Anderson
Lucy (2) from Coleraine having a great time on the lawn of City Hall during a picnic at the Lord Mayor's Parade. She danced and clapped through all the performances by the Brazilain samba bands. Picture by Paul Gallagher
Columbo in the clear blue water of Ballyhalbert. Picture by Paul Clarke
Columbo cools down on a hot day at the beach. Picture by Paul Clarke
Columbo the dog literally crashes into the water. Picture by Paul Clarke
Portstewart Strand on a bright day with a cool wind. Picture by Patrick McDermott
Minorstown beach, Co Down. Picture by Pat O'Neill
Minorstown beach, Co Down. Picture by Pat O'Neill
Two's Company - Kiera and "The Bear", Ballygalley. Picture by Pamela Dunlop
Rachel loving the Pikkie pool in Bangor -even though we forgot to bring swimsuits. Picture by Orla Duncan
"Here Comes Summer" Emer Kilmartin all geared up and ready for the beach. Picture by Nuala Kilmartin
Summer Shade in Dromore. Picture by Norman Cowan
Crawfordsburn Country Park. Picture by Noel Maitland
Anna and Luke (aged six and four years) at Ballyholme Bay. Picture by Noel Black
A Rapefield with an amzing amount of yellow, just outside the village of Donaghcloney in County Armagh
Portstewart Coast showing the calmness and peacefulness of a Northern Ireland summer. Picture by Niamh McCloskey
An abseiler who looks like he is coming down from the clouds, and might be eaten by the fish at the front of the Customs House. Picture by Niamh Healy
Glen River valley in the Mountains of Mourne. Picture by Neill Russell
A view of the Mountains of Mourne taken from Slieve Croob. Picture by Neill Russell
Path of Glory, Orlock. Picture by Neil Godfrey.
"Carlingford Lough One Summers Day". Picture by Neal Loughran
A Summer's Day at Crawfordsburn: Seaside walk, special friends, sharing memories. Picture by Naomi Kerr
Even a cat can enjoy the summer. Picture by N Gray
A light aircraft descends to land at Derryogue airstrip after a glorious flight through the Mountains of Mourne. Picture by Des Cheney
Two friends enjoying the beat carnival music stage in the grounds of city hall. Picture by Michael Brown
Cavehill Mountain with Belfast city in the background. Picture by Matthew Humphreys
Summer in the park. Picture by Matt Hazley
Aisling giving Ryan a big cuddle in the  back garden. Every cuddle is precious. Picture by Ultan O'Callaghan
Carlingford Lough. Picture by Matt Maginnis
Benone Beach. Picture by Mairead Mc Gilloway
This building seemed to have an air of tranquillity about it, secluded and framed by the trees, retaining its own character in an urban setting. Picture by Lynn Black
Early morning view in the centre of the city struck me with its beautiful stillness. Picture by Lucy Shields
The 12th hole of Roe Park Golf Club in Limavady on a glorious day! Picture by Lucinda Brien
Narcissus Fly feeding on the nectar of Geranium Robertianum. Picture by Lucinda Brien
The iconic Mussenden Temple, taken from Downhill Beach. Picture by Lucinda Brien
Ballinrees Reservoir, Coleraine. Picture by Lewis Smith
Kato enjoying our daily stroll in Donaghadee. Picture by Lesley Monks-Smith
My grandfather gathering home the cows, ready for milking, at the end of the day at Moyarget, Ballycastle. Picture by Lee Kane
2 participants in the Lord Mayor Parade in Belfast. Picture by Laura O'Hare
A family picnic at the Abercorn Basin in Belfast's Titanic Quarter. Picture by Krystine McKeagney
Alfie Shanks (age 6) and Dad catching crabs - the best way to spend a Saturday afternoon! Picture by Keri Shanks
East Lighthouse Rathlin Island. Picture by Kenny Stewart
Taking out our grandchild to look at the birds and play in the play-park, despite the strong cold winds at Lough Neagh. Picture by Kenny Allen
Newcastle promenade showing the beautiful Mourne mountain, the trees of Donard forest and of course Slieve Donard itself. Picture by Keith Elliott
Cave hill from my back garden. Picture by Katie Kelly
Minnowburn on a peaceful summer afternoon. Picture by Katie Ashenhurst
A plant seller chatting to a happy customer in St Georges market. Picture by Kathleen Lavery
Enjoying the sun, sea and hospitality at Portrush Beach. Picture by Kathleen Cassidy
I liked the solitude of a father working away trying to put up a wind shield for his family on Portrush beach, a fathers work is never done. Picture by Kathleen Cassidy
Scrabo Tower in the evening. Picture by Karla Pearce
Groomsport, Co Down on a gloriously sunny day. Picture by Karen Kennedy
David Jordan in his Belfast back garden. Picture by June Jordan
Cushendun. Green fields. Blue skies. Crystal clear waters. Its the perfect place. Picture by Julie Boyd
Lime Park stables in Meghaberry. Picture by Judith Morgan
Portmuck, Islandmagee. An ideal place for water sports, fishing, some artists have thought it a nice place to paint a picture as well. Picture by Joyce Kernohan
Newcastle promenade. Picture by Josh Adams
Newcastle promenade. Picture by Josh Adams
Newcastle promenade. Picture by Josh Adams
A typical Northern Ireland farming scene showing that summer has came and the farmers are out working hard for the winter. Picture by Jonathan Paul
"Braveheart" The image shows that us Ulster folk are just nuts! Picture by Jon Lees
Rathlin farm. Picture by John Nolan
Botanic Gardens. Picture by John Shaw
My tortoise enjoying his favourite food in our garden. Picture by Hazel Price
This bench is in memory of my parents who founded a business on The Promenade, Portstewart. Picture by Maureen McDowell
Lough Earn outside Omagh. Picture by John Dennison
Sex in the City girls! Katie's Ninth birthday. Picture by Jacqui Kerr
Cairn Wood near Craigantlet. Picture by Joanna Baker
Navan Fort staff dressed as Celtic Warriors and the blessing of the swords by the rising sun over the summer solstice weekend. Picture by Joan Greenville
Birthday laughs on the bouncy castle. Picture by Jill Gallagher
My wife, Moya, could think of no place she would rather be than in her garden, tending and talking to her vegetables! Picture by James Hamill
Lighthouse Island, known as the 'Bird Island', Donaghadee. Picture by Jennifer Orr
'Saintfield Show' in Saintfield, County Down. Picture by Jennifer McCaughan
Kacey enjoying the sun outside with suncream shows what a sunny day is about. safe in the sun. Picture by Jennifer Mason
My husband Gary, son Luke (age 6) and our dog Lando. It was a beautiful weekend and the boys had great fun in the kayak at Ballyronan Caravan Park and Marina. Picture by Jamie Spence
View from Scrabo Tower, Newtownards. Picture by James Simpson
Out on a boat in Carlingford Lough, just off Killowen in Co Down. As you can see my girls loved it. Picture by Jacqueline O'Brien
Frosses road, Ballymoney. Picture by Dara Murphy
Portstewart strand at dusk. Picture by Gavin Murphy
Benone beach in Co. Londonderry. Picture by Jack Graham
Davyd Wilson, aged 5, taking part in archery practice in Loughbrickland. Picture by Jillian Adams
Groomsport. Picture by Isa Henderson
This potato field at Balintoy looks out towards Rathlin and is full of plants in flower. Picture by Irene Rooney
Saturday in Portrush - what more could anybody ask for? Picture by Irene Rooney
Giant's Causeway in the evening sun - just glorious. Picture by Irene Rooney
Sunny Stormont. Picture by Brian Burgess
Shaws Bridge, Belfast. Picture by Ian Carr
Fun and excitement in the childrens faces at the Belfast Lord Mayors Show. Picture by Ian Clare
The awesome view Descending Toward Slieve Lamagan and Ben Crom from Slieve Binnian. Breathtaking and Majestic!! Picture by Ian Gazzard
Community open day in Orangefield Park, East Belfast. Picture by Ian Carr
Rathlin Island. Picture by L Hutchinson
Rathlin Island. Picture by L Hutchinson
A friend's self designed and built boat about to be launched on Strangford Lough for the first time. Picture by Hilary Harrison
Four magpies very unusual together for a boy and 2 for joy. Picture by Helen Mairs
Walking my dog in the Co.Down countryside. Picture by Heather Gibson
Newtownabbey Lough Shore around the Hazelbank Park. Picture by Heather Cooper
Newtownabbey Lough Shore around the Hazelbank Park. Picture by Heather Cooper
Newtownabbey Lough Shore around the Hazelbank Park. Picture by Heather Cooper
Newtownabbey Lough Shore around the Hazelbank Park. Picture by Heather Cooper
Moorlands meadow, in the heart of Belvoir park forest. Picture by Clare Harvey
Shipquay Gate, Derry's walls. Picture by Harry Diamond
Culmore Point Derry. Picture by Harry Diamond
Runkerry House, on the North Antrim Coast, near the Giant's Causeway and was taken from the tenth tee at Bushfoot Golf Club, Bushmills on Lady Captain's Day. Picture by Harry Creighton
Windmills at Ballygawley. Picture by Gwyneth Ferguson
Swimming and paddling in beautiful Upper Lough Erne. Picture by Gordon Murphy
City of Derry Bowling club, Lisnagelvin, Derry. Picture by Gerald Doherty.
Drains bay, Larne coast road. Picture by Debbie McConnel
Kilbroney forest park. Picture by Allistair Bell
We'd just finished cutting and stacking our winter supply of logs today and two of our hens decided to check out the new structure. Picture by Gavin Weston
Bangor Castle Park, during the County Down Pipe Band Championships, as Cullybackey Pipe Band practiced before their performance. Picture by Rev Gary McMurray
A couple walking along the Hilltown road from Newry to Newcastle. Picture by Gary McManus
Pickie Family Park Bangor. Picture by Gary McCulloch 
Castle Gardens, Lisburn. Picture by Jackie Wilson
The Mourne Mountains. Picture by Graham Chapman
A Thrush busy collecting food for her young, in the nest above the front door of our house. Picture by Graham Chapman
Benone beach. Picture by Frank Sloane
Culmore Point on a sunny afternoon as the Lough Foyle Sailing Club launch their boats for a leisurely sail on Lough Foyle." Picture by Frank Brown
Frances Wilson waiting to board the Greencastle ferry to go cycling for the weekend in Inishowen. Magilligan Point, Co Derry. Picture by Frances Wilson
Downhill cyclists at Davitts Forest, outside Draperstown in Co Derry. Picture by Fiona Lynn
Ollie the dog having fun on the small beach below Portstewart promenade. Picture by Evelyn McCullough
Ella and Logan at the Puppet Picnic at Belfast City Hall. Picture by Eve Buchanan
Our 7 month old son's first day out on his trike. It was taken in his grandparents garden, which is one of the most beautiful places to be on a summers day! Picture by Emma Marshall
Pony Drive from Scarva - Gilford - Tandragee and back to Scarva. Picture by Jim Liggett
Pony Drive from Scarva - Gilford - Tandragee and back to Scarva. Picture by Jim Liggett
The Botanic Garden's, Belfast. Picture By Eithne Goodwin
View from the top of Slemish over looking the Antrim Hills. Picture by Edward Cooke
My wife wheeling the last barrow load of weeds down to the bottom of the garden at the end of a glorious day spent working hard together in our garden. Picture by Ed Lees
Grounds of the Slieve Donard, Newcastle. What a view. Picture by Eamonn Boyle
3 Mummy's and their 3 foals in Glynn, Larne. Picture by Phyllis Gilliland
The Circus in Glynn at the Rugby club on one of the warmest, sunniest, most beautiful days of the year. Picture by Phyllis Gilliland
The Gilliland family making hay on the side of Scrabo Hill. Picture by Keith Donnelly.
Cricket in Lurgan Park. Picture by Donald Bell
Gian'ts Causeway. Picture by Dominic Hart
Ballycopeland Windmill in Millisle. Picture by Diane Brashier
My daughter and friend going canoeing on the Lagan. A great day out for all on a beautiful day in June! Picture by Derek Stephenson
Agnew's Hill, Slemish. Picture by David Archbold
"A floppy poppy for Mummy". This is our daughter Emily in our garden at home, on a beautiful summer's day. Picture by David Speed
Emain Magha (Navan Fort), seat of the Celtic Kings of Ulster. Picture by Darryl Bowden
Ballynoe stone circle, just south of Downpatrick. Picture by Danny Collins
'Boomerangin in Barnetts' We really like Barnetts for butterfly hunts. Picture by Craig Hutchinson
'My Buttercups' A special picnic with my daughters near Minnowburn, River Lagan. Picture by Craig Hutchinson

The weather may be damp and drab but sometimes that’s when Northern Ireland is at its most beautiful.

So get your cameras at the ready and make the most of the downpours by capturing some atmospheric stormy weather shots.

We are calling on photography enthusiasts across the province to try and make the most of the unseasonal conditions and take part in the Belfast Telegraph’s One Summer’s Day competition. Tomorrow is the day to capture a snapshot of life or your favourite scene.

The Belfast Telegraph has been talking to some well-known personalities about what places across the province are special to them and worth including.

Cookstown businessman Jim Eastwood said he would capture the stunning spirit of the Sperrin Mountains.

“I am a keen cyclist with Harps Cycling Club in Cookstown and I really enjoy the Sunday morning cycle when we head off through the Sperrins,” said the former BBC Apprentice contestant. BBC Radio Ulster presenter Lynette Fay is keen to capture St Patrick's Chair and Well in Favour Royal, outside Aughnacloy in Tyrone, which she described as “one of our most beautiful spots, filled with magic and mysticism.”

Cool FM presenter Pete Snodden is more taken with the The Beacon of Hope work of art on the banks of the River Lagan in Belfast.

“I would like to take a picture of ‘the doll on the ball’ in Belfast,” he said. “It is a great piece of public art.”

Property developer Gary McCausland said his favourite view in Northern Ireland is from the plane as he is coming in to land at George Best Belfast City Airport.

“It always reminds me of the brilliant feeling of coming back home. Also, there are thoughts of a lovely cold pint of Guinness in the Crown Bar,” he added.

BBC Radio Ulster presenter Alan Simpson, unsurprisingly, opted for a view of his native landscape.

“I would like to photograph the sunset at West Strand, Portrush.”

The competition is being run in association with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

How to enter

We are calling on everyone to pick up a camera tomorrow and take a photograph that illlustrates what Northern Ireland means to them. The subject matter is up to you — our only rule is that it is taken somewhere in Northern Ireland tomorrow. Entries will be split into three categories: one for primary school children, one for secondary school children and a third for everyone else. Entrants should mark their age and category with their submission. Photographs should be emailed to with a note explaining the picture’s content and what makes it special. Participants will have the opportunity to have their photograph featured on the Belfast Telegraph website’s picture gallery or on NITB’s website

The top 100 photos will be included in a supplement. The photo must be taken tomorrow and the closing day for entries is July 12, with the winners revealed in September.

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