Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

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

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
'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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