Photo competition to capture summer

From left Christine Haywood, Tony Fox, Mayor Barry Hopkinson and Steven Greenhough at the presentation of the awards for the Matlock Photographer of the Year.
From left Christine Haywood, Tony Fox, Mayor Barry Hopkinson and Steven Greenhough at the presentation of the awards for the Matlock Photographer of the Year.
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Snap happy towns people are being encouraged to get their cameras out for an annual photography competition.

Matlock Town Council has started the hunt for the 2012 Matlock Photographer of the Year in partnership with the Matlock Mercury.

The contest was launched last year with a theme of ‘pictures in the park’ to coincide with the celebrations for the 100 year anniversary of Hall Leys Park.

Catherine Rawas, community development officer with the town council, said: “We have a beautiful town and everybody is always telling us that so we thought why not celebrate that fact.”

The competition was a huge success last year with hordes of local people getting their creative heads on to take part.

The victorious winner was Tony Fox, of Bank Road, Matlock, whose snap of the bandstand in Hall Leys Park covered in frost and bathed in sunlight impressed the judges.

This year’s competition will have a theme of ‘Great British summertime’.

It features two categories - one for under 16 year olds and one for those aged 16 and above.

“This year’s contest goes a little bit wider with all the celebrations people are having locally,” Catherine continued.

“But it doesn’t have to relate to the Olympics or the Jubilee, it could be anything to do with summer.

“It could be a birthday party in someone’s garden.”

A winner from each of the categories will be picked and receive a coveted Matlock Photographer of the Year trophy.

Five runners up will also be chosen and, together with the winning photographs, will be used in a calendar put together by the town council.

The pictures will also be displayed on the Matlock Town Council’s website.

The closing date for entries is August 24, 2012, and photographs will be judged by the town council over the August bank holiday weekend.

Pictures must have been taken within the Matlock town boundary and both the council and the Mercury reserve the right to publish all photographs submitted.

Entries must include the photographer’s name, age, address and telephone number and should be either emailed to news@matlockmercury.co.uk or brought into the Mercury office in Firs Parade, Matlock.