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One Summer's Day 2014 - Belfast Telegraph's fantastic photographic competition

A picture perfect day! Get cameras at the ready

By Claire Williamson

The biggest photographic competition in Northern Ireland is back.

It's time to get your cameras and mobile phones at the ready and get snap happy as the One Summer's Day competition makes a welcome return.

The Belfast Telegraph has once again teamed up with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) to launch the fifth annual mass participation photography event. But unlike other competitions, this one is unique in that all the photos entered have to be taken on the same day – Saturday, August 2.

And you don't have to be an expert photographer to enter.

Mark the date in your diary and on that day take a picture that illustrates what Northern Ireland means to you.

It can be anything from a day trip with your family to a photo of one of the many beauty spots across the country.

Once taken, the photograph should be sent via email to onesummersday@belfasttelegraph.co.uk with a short note explaining the content of the picture and what makes it so special and you could be in with a chance of winning a short break in Northern Ireland, courtesy of NITB.

The top 100 photographs will be included in a special commemorative supplement, which will be produced and distributed in September.

Last year David Flanagan won the adult category with his striking picture of himself in the Mourne Mountains in Co Down.

Belfast Telegraph picture editor Peter Rainey is looking forward to this year's entries.

"Since One Summer's Day was launched it really has captured the imagination of so many people of all ages across Northern Ireland," he said.

But Peter said you don't have to be a photographic expert to win, as the key ingredient is content rather than picture quality.

"This competition is about choosing the right place at the right time and capturing a moment," he added. Ruth Burns, NITB's destination marketing and PR manager, said: "Northern Ireland is packed with things to do, beautiful landscapes and wonderful places to see. We would urge everyone to put August 2 in their diaries so they don't miss this competition."

 

HOW TO ENTER

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.

Closing date for competition entries is Saturday, August 16 with winners to be announced in September. Photographs to be taken ONLY on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Send your entry via email to onesummersday@belfasttelegraph.co.uk with a short note explaining the content of the picture and what makes it so special

Failure to comply with any of the above rules and regulations will result in disqualification. In the run-up to One Summer's Day on August 2, the Telegraph and NITB are asking readers to tell us where in Northern Ireland you would like to photograph and why. Send your answer with a photograph of yourself in an email to onesummersday@belfasttelegraph.co.uk.

 

Belfast Telegraph picture editor Peter Rainey’s top tips for taking a super summer snap

1. Use the flash during the day — You might think you should only use flash at night time or indoors but that’s not the case. If it is a very bright day outside and the sun is creating harsh shadows on your subject, switch on your flash.

2. Slow down — Take time to think about what is going on in the viewfinder before pressing the shutter. How are you going to compose the shot. How are you going to light it? Don’t jump straight in without giving it some thought first.

3. Stop checking the photo — It’s a bad habit digital photographers can develop. Time and time again I see photographers take a photograph and then look back at the screen straight away. By doing that you could miss the special moments.

4. Framing — Use this technique when you want to draw attention to something in your photo. By framing a scene or a subject, say with a window or an archway, you lead the viewer’s eye to the focal point.

5. Keep it simple — Don’t pack too many elements into your image, it will end up looking messy.

6. Be aware of backgrounds — What’s in your frame? So often I see great photos and think ‘Didn’t they see the rubbish bin, ugly wall, sign, etc?’ It’s not just the person or object in the frame, it’s everything else in the background that can make or break a great photograph.

7. Be patient and persevere — With time, patience and perseverance you will get better with each photo you take.

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