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One soggy day: Entries flood in for picture competition

By Maureen Coleman

Drenched and cold, our intrepid photographers defied the downpours to capture their special moments for entry in our summer competition.

As summer days go, the weather couldn't have been any more disappointing.

But the torrential downpours, thunder claps and murky grey skies that marked the arrival of August didn't deter our snap happy readers from getting their cameras out to start clicking for One Summer's Day.

For one day only – Saturday, August 2 – the Belfast Telegraph teamed up with Northern Ireland's Tourist Board to encourage snappers of all ages and abilities to enter our photography competition.

And those that braved the elements didn't let us down with interesting and creative entries – despite the heavy rain that fell for much of the day.

While sunsets and seaside picnics were a washout, the weather certainly fired imaginations and prompted competition participants to think outside the box. From rain glistening on leaves, island walkers soaked to the bone or a misty, overcast Fermanagh, the pictures captured a special moment in time.

Some featured well-known landmarks like Harland and Wolff's cranes, Londonderry's Peace Bridge and the Titanic Centre.

Others focused on family members or friends, wearing their waterproofs outside or wrapped up indoors, looking out at the rain.

Glengormley schoolboy Andrew Moore sent us a picture of a snail climbing a rain-spattered window, while Enniskillen man Richard Smith caught a glimpse of lower Lough Erne as it emerged through a gap in the clouds.

Matthew Blair (14) from Antrim caught our eye with his atmospheric shot of the path leading to Binevenagh Lake, while Fiona Dougherty joined in the spirit of the day with a picture of a rain-sodden teddy bear on a wet patio.

Belfast Telegraph picture editor Peter Rainey said he had been impressed with the calibre of this year's entries.

"Even though the weather was pretty dismal we still received some really creative, imaginative photographs," he said.

"In fact, the rain encouraged people to put their thinking caps on and come up with something unusual."

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