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Celebrities reveal favourite places ahead of Belfast Telegraph photo competition

By Patrice Dougan

As the date for the Belfast Telegraph’s One Summer’s Day competition fast approaches, a host of local celebrities have been telling us about their favourite places in Northern Ireland.

Some of our broadcasting and sporting stars have given their backing to the competition which aims to capture a snapshot of Northern Ireland in one day during summer.

On June 18 we are asking all budding photographers to take a picture of their favourite place in the province.

The photograph can include people, pets, objects or scenery, as long as it holds a special meaning for the person who takes it.

Three winners will bag themselves a five-star family break in Northern Ireland, courtesy of the NI Tourist Board.

Backing the competition, Olympic gold medallist Dame Mary Peters said: “As I become more and more busy with my charitable work and in my role as Lord Lieutenant of Belfast, I find I have very little time to relax and recharge my batteries.

“I therefore cherish those moments and have spent many a wonderful and relaxing evening along the Broad Water — a three-mile towpath walk between Moira Railway Station and Aghalee.

“An array of colour is provided by trees, shrubs and wildflowers and I would love to be able to take a photograph to capture these beautiful images.”

U105 presenter Carolyn Stewart said the recent arrival of some new pets has opened her eyes to the beauty around her.

“I recently rehomed two labernese dogs and they have introduced me to a whole new world of beautiful nature trails and beach walks,” she said.

“Orlock, in north Down, is just five minutes from where I live and several times a week I find myself marvelling at the beauty that is quite literally on our doorstep.

“I always make sure to have my camera and my binoculars with me, since besides the beautiful scenery there is much wildlife to be enjoyed there. I really do feel like I’m on holiday each time I walk the dogs there.”

Television presenter Emma-Louise Johnston said she wanted to photograph the Cavehill in Belfast because it’s a place which will forever hold a special meaning for her.

“Not only is it beautiful with stunning views out across Belfast and the lough, but I have fond memories of climbing the Cavehill as a child and going on picnics there,” she said.

“It was also the place my husband proposed.”

How to enter

Photographs must be taken in Northern Ireland on Saturday, June 18. Send your entry to onesummersday@belfast with a note explaining the content and what makes it so special.

Don't forget to include your name, age, address and the category you wish to enter -choose from primary school, secondary school or adult.

The closing date is June 30. Winners will be announced in September, and the top 100 snaps will be included in a special supplement.

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