Our Life Thru the Lens contest is back

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Do you look at pictures in The News and think you could take something better? Well now is your chance to prove it in our Specsavers Life Thru The Lens competition.

We’ve teamed up with Specsavers in the town for the fourth year running to find the best amateur photographers in the Belper area, with the winner receiving the latest digital SLR camera.

Anyone can enter the competition – you don’t have to have a top of the range camera or brand new kit, just an eye for a great shot – you could even take them on your mobile phone!

We want to see pictures which get to the heart of what the Belper area is all about, in your opinion. We want you to show us how beautiful the town and surrounding villages really are.

It could be the history behind the mills, the community spirit which brings the Strutts Centre to life, or a fun event being held in the River Gardens. The limit is your imagination!

Belper News Editor Julie Crouch said: “Life Thru The Lens is one of our most successful competitions.

“It also gets a lot of people involved — and we can’t wait to start receiving your snaps.”

Andy McBride, store manager at Specsavers, Belper said: “We will hopefully get some fantastic pictures of winter scenes as well as many other shots of this beautiful town.

“We love working with the Belper News on this competition.

“This is the fourth year running we have been doing this now.

“We normally get some very good budding photographers sending in pictures and we are hoping for another good set of entries this year.”

Winning this competition could be a dream come true for any amateur snapper wanting to become that little bit more proficient at their art — because of the fantastic first prize.

Up for grabs is a £300 SLR digital camera.

Second prize is a digital camera worth £100, while third prize is a pair of free designer glasses at Specsavers.

Whatever you choose as your inspiration, make sure you get your entries in to be in with a chance of winning.

You can submit up to 10 entries, with the winners to be determined by our judges. The pictures must be your own work and not be computer manipulated. Entries can be sent by email to editor@belpernews.co.uk in jpeg format or hard copy to 8 Heanor Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8 ER.

However you send your entry you must include, your full name, address, and day and evening contact phone numbers. Be sure to tell us where you took the picture too.

Terry Walmsley, of Milford, received the latest digital camera for his pictures taken of the The Chevin in March.

Other winning shots have included the East Mill in 2009.

Once all entries are in the judges, including Belper News Editor Julie Crouch and officials from Specsavers will meet to choose the finalists, which we will publish in the paper, with the winners announced at a ceremony soon afterwards.