Dust off the camera and get snapping to win top prizes

It’s that time again – when we launch our Specsavers Life Thru the Lens readers’ photo competition – and you need to get out and snapping!

Life Thru the Lens is our annual FREE competition when we ask readers to take pictures in and around the Belper area of well known views or landscapes, or something that captures the town’s rich history – in essence we want you to show us what living in the Belper area means to you.

Each year we team up with our sponsors at Specsavers opticians in King Street, Belper, who provide a top prize of the latest camera for our winner.

It’s free to enter our contest too. Send your entries – two per person only – to us by email at editor@belpernews.co.uk. You must mark them ‘Life Thru the Lens entry’ and include your full name, age, full address and day and evening phones numbers. You also need to tell us where your picture was taken.

Entries must have been taken during the last year. They must be your own work and not computer manipulated. Copyright of entries is the Belper News’.

You can send in hard copy pictures too. You can drop them off at our FREE community postbox at News Corner newsagents, King Street, opposite the Market Place. You can also give them to our reporter at his weekly surgeries at the Strutts Community Centre, Derby Road, Belper, on Tuesday and Wednesday (see page 9 for details).

Entries should have been taken during 2013 and should not be computer manipulated in any way. They also have to be your own work. Copyright of entries is the Belper News.

Our 2013 winner was Jade Bott, 25, from Milford, who proved you don’t have to have an expensive camera to come up with that perfect shot after her atmospheric picture of the River Derwent in Milford taken on her mobile phone bowled over our judges and landed her the top prize.

Each week we will aim to publish as many of your entries as we can so it’s time to get out and snapping. Our competition will run throughout December and into the New Year.

Our judges - made up of Belper News staff and representatives from Specsavers opticians in King Street - will eventually whittle down the entries to a group of finalists and invite them to a special ceremony when the winner will be announced.

Good luck!