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One Summer's Day: Reach new heights with camera for Belfast Telegraph photography competition

By Claire Williamson

Today is the picture perfect day. The time has arrived to get your cameras at the ready to take part in the biggest photographic competition in Northern Ireland.

Once again the Belfast Telegraph has teamed up with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) to bring you the unique One Summer's Day mass participation photography event.

But unlike other competitions all the photos have to be taken on the same day – and today is that day.

And courtesy of NITB the lucky winner will be walking away with a short break in Northern Ireland.

Anyone can enter as all you have to do is take a picture today that illustrates what Northern Ireland means to you and include a short note explaining the photo and what makes it so special.

It can be anything from your favourite beauty spot or a snap from a day-trip out with your family.

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

And by no means do you have to be an expert photographer to enter.

But in order to help you get the best shot you can, the Belfast Telegraph's picture editor Peter Rainey has offered some professional advice.

He says the key things to remember are to take your time, check what's in the background and enjoy yourself. He said: "Take your time and think about what you are photographing and keep these tips in mind to take the best photo possible.

"There are many interesting places to take good photographs in Northern Ireland.

"Try the zoo, the Folk Park, Barry's Amusements, The Londonderry Peace Bridge, your local park or the beach.

"All provide nice backdrops and opportunities to get the winning image.

"Don't jump straight in without giving it some thought first and be mindful of what is in the background.

"So often I see great photos and think, 'Didn't they see the rubbish bin, 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."

He added: "Don't pack too many elements into your image and keep it simple or it will end up looking messy.

"And remember to have fun, you are in charge of what you snap so make it unique and enjoy yourself."

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.

Capture that moment and be a winner

Photos are to be taken ONLY today, Saturday, August 2, 2014.

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.

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

The closing date for entries is Saturday, August 16 with winners to be announced in September.

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

Further reading

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

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