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Still time to get in the frame for Yorkshire Dales photo competition

Grassington, August 3, 2012.

Fantastic photos of views and wildlife are pouring in for a free competition being run by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA).

And there is still plenty of time for other amateur and professional photographers to get their thinking caps on and chose a potentially prize-winning image.

The competition – called ‘Your Yorkshire Dales National Park: a snapshot’ – will run until November 9 and the photos can be of any subject in the categories wildlife and habitats, people and places, fun and adventure, and farming, tourism and other employment. They must have been taken within the National Park boundary and they can be supported by a brief written summary of the photographer’s thoughts on what the area should offer for residents and visitors alike in years to come.

Kate Green, the YDNPA’s Communications Manager, said: “We wanted to find out what people think are the most important qualities of the National Park and we’ve had a great response so far.

“The images we’ve received have ranged from photos of wildlife to some stunning views of the beautiful landscape of the National Park and hopefully, during the summer holidays, we will receive more entries as people get out and about.”

The images can capture either positive or negative aspects of the photographer’s favourite things in the National Park. For example, if you enjoy far-reaching views, you could submit a snapshot of a sweeping landscape, or you could send in an image of something that is obstructing the view and you think is an issue that needs addressing.

There will be both an adult and an under-18s overall winner and they will be announced on November 23.

Each will win:
•    a prized spot in the Your Yorkshire Dales National Park photo exhibition at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes in February
•    a framed copy of their image for them to keep
•    their picture featured in The Visitor 2013 – the official guide to the Yorkshire Dales National Park that is read by more than 200,000 people
•    a backpack filled with delicious local produce to help keep them fuelled up for their next photo expedition.

The top five photos (including the overall winners) will be turned into a postcard that will be sold at the National Park Centres and will be featured on the Authority website at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk.

The top 20 photos (including the overall winners) will also appear in a new National Park Management Plan to be published in 2013. The Plan will outline the long-term vision for the National Park and set out the specific things that will be done over the next five years.

More information about the competition – including how to enter – is available on the National Park Authority website at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/your.

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