Peak District photographic competition

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A CHARITY is offering prizes and the chance to help celebrate the countryside with the launch of its annual photo competition.

Friends of the Peak District is looking for images which capture the beauty of the landscapes it works to protect.

The top prize is a weekend break for two worth £250 provided by Large Outdoors, and a year’s free membership to the charity.

The winner of the competition last year was Chris Charlesworth, whose image Dawn of a New Day captured the sun rising behind Higger Tor and looking down the Burbage Valley towards Carl Wark.

“I took the photograph at a civilised time on a winter’s morning. I had an inkling that the conditions would be good and it was beautiful and frosty. There were quite a few other keen photographers snapping away too,” he said.

Chris, from Treeton, Rotherham, has won competitions and recognition for his atmospheric photographs.

He said: “It doesn’t take long to get out into some really stunning and dramatic countryside.”

Chris is also leading the Friends of the Peak District’s landscape photography course which takes place on Saturday, September 8, along with another award-winning photographer, Stephen Elliott.

Chris said: “We’ll be giving top tips and techniques about how to capture a landscape, so hopefully people will get some great photographs. 
“Who knows, someone may even come up with a winner for the competition.”

Information and entry forms for the photographic competition are available on the Friends’ website at www.friendsofthepeak.org.uk or by calling 0114 266 5822.

The deadline is December 1.

The landscape photography course is on Saturday, September 8 from 2pm until 8pm.

Contact the charity to book a place.