Life Thru the Lens finalists chosen

Paul Brentnall, of Langley Mill, took this snap of the sun creeping through the trees of Heanor Memorial Park.

Paul Brentnall, of Langley Mill, took this snap of the sun creeping through the trees of Heanor Memorial Park.

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The finalists of this year’s Life Thru the Lens competition have been chosen - after a tough day of judging.

The Ripley & Heanor News team has joined forces with Belper Specsavers once again to offer you the chance of winning a top of the range digital SLR camera for the best photograph taken of our local area.

Back in July we challenged you to take snaps out and about in the Ripley and Heanor area.

We wanted you to send in the shot that best summed up life in our towns - either by focusing on a local landmark, an area of natural beauty, or key historical point of interest.

And readers took to the brief superbly.

News editor Julie Crouch, said: “It’s never easy trying to pick finalists from such an excellent bunch of pictures and this year was no exception.

“The News team and the Specsavers staff rubbed our heads together for hours deciding who should make the shortlist - and believe me there were one or two disagreements along the way!

“But I have no doubt we have picked the best of the bunch, so congratulations to all our finalists on a top job.”

We have had more than 100 entries with you focusing your lenses and camera phones on a fantastic array of subjects.

This year, with such a wonderful summer, it was no surprise to see a whole host of wildlife shots. Many of you had waited patiently to capture a glimpse of a rare species perched on a leaf, or birds and wildlife feeding.

Others donned their walking boots to head to local monuments such as Crich Stand, Butterley Reservoir and Codnor Castle.

This year we decided to run a separate contest for under 16s - and the standard of photo sent in by young snappers has been truly exceptional.

Now after an incredibly tough judging process we have whittled the shortlist down to eight pictures in the adult section and four in the under 16s section.

Our eight adult finalists are: Andrew Whetton, of Heanor; Trevor Guy, of Alfreton; Paul Brentnall, of Langley Mill; Robert Booth, of Loscoe; Carys Williams, of Riddings; Shaun Walters, of Waingroves; Mark Taylor, of Ripley and David Smith, of Ripley.

In the under 16s section our finalists are: Joshua Vardy, of Somercotes; Daniel Payne, of Ripley; Alisha Timby, of Marlpool and twins Kayleigh Farrow and Roxanne Farrow of Ripley.

All of the shortlisted finalists will receive an enlarged print of their entry.

The News team and Specsavers are now in the process of contacting the finalists here to invite them to an awards ceremony at Specsavers, on King Street, in Belper, on Friday, November 22, at 5.30pm, where the winners will be announced.

Thanks to our sponsors Specsavers, the prize for the best photograph in the adult section will be a top of the range SLR digital camera.

There will also be a second prize of a hand-held digital camera.

The third place entrant will receive a free pair of designer glasses.

Prizes in the under 16s section are still to be decided.

And once again, a big thank you from the News team for taking part - the standard of entries this year has been excellent.