It’s time to send us all your Hall Leys snaps

Hall Leys Park entry from Paul Smith
Hall Leys Park entry from Paul Smith

Calling all budding photographers! Now is your chance to prove your skills as a snapper by entering our exciting new photo competition.

As everybody is well aware, it’s Hall Leys Park’s 100th birthday this year, so to celebrate we want to see your pictures of the park in all its glory.

Hall Leys Park entry from Mrs Kathleen Deakin

Hall Leys Park entry from Mrs Kathleen Deakin

You can take pictures of anything in the park, from the bedding plants to the skate ramps, the children’s swings to the bowling green.

You might choose to enter a sizzling summer shot or a Hall Leys winter wonderland.

It might be a moody, arty composition or an action-packed fun family photo.

As Hall Leys 100 takes place, there are so many events happening in the park that photographers are spoilt for choice when it comes to subject matter.

We really want to see what all the snappers out there can make of the park – and we’re hoping that we’ll build up a picture of what Hall Leys Park means to the people of Matlock.

The only rules are that the picture must be of Hall Leys Park and it must be your own work.

We’ve already had some cracking entries, as you can see from the examples below.

But if you think you can do better, then now is the time to get out that camera and start snapping in the park for the chance to get your hands on the first prize trophy.

Why not use our first few entries as inspiration for your own photograph?

The competition was launched to mark the park’s 100th birthday celebrations this year.

It is being run in conjunction with Matlock Town Council and together we will be turning the contest into an annual Matlock Photographer of the Year competition.

Winners will be announced at the end of August and our favourite shots will be displayed in the Cafe in the Park over the bank holiday weekend.

There will be a trophy and a certificate for the second and third place entries in two categories: 16 and under and adult.

To enter, simply email your entry in jpeg format to along with your name, age, address and contact details.

Entries must be in jpeg form. Unfortunately, no printed photographs can be accepted for entry into the competition.

Anyone who does not have access to email can bring their entry into the office on a memory stick.

Normal Mercury competition rules apply.