Enter your snaps into photo contest

nrhn 080813 Life thru the Lens - Shaun Walters'Shaun Walters took this snap of the sunset over Waingroves wood.
nrhn 080813 Life thru the Lens - Shaun Walters'Shaun Walters took this snap of the sunset over Waingroves wood.
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Your entries are starting to flood in for this year’s Specsavers Life Thru the Lens readers’ photos contest.

We staged the event for the first time last year and it was a runaway success.

And already this year the long nights and the recent bout of thunder and lightning seems to have got your creative juices flowing.

Just check out this picture , above, which shows the sunset over Waingroves Community Woodland, taken by villager Chaun Walters.

Like Shaun here, we are asking you to take your pictures in the Ripley, Heanor and Alfreton areas and show is just what living in this beautiful part of the world means to you.

Thanks to our sponsors, Specsavers opticians of King Street, Belper, there will be a top prize up for grabs for our winning shot, which will be chosen by a panel of judges.

Andy McBride director at Belper Specsavers said: “We’re really pleased to be sponsoring Life Thru the Lens again this year.

“The standards were excellent last time - but we know you’ll top that this time.

“We can’t wait to see your entries.”

Don’t fret if you do not own a top of the range camera, some of the best entries in last year’s competitions were taken on a mobile phone, capturing those impossible to recreate moments - such as a golden light creeping through the trees or a bird up close as it drinks from a water bath.

There will be two age groups this time - up to 16s and 17 and over as there were so many great entries last time from young Ripley & Heanor News readers.