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Get those cameras at the ready - it's almost time for our popular One Christmas Day photography contest.

Wherever you are and whatever you're doing tomorrow, we want you to take a photo that sums up the day and send it in to us.

Take a picture of whatever you like - but it must be taken tomorrow.

Maybe you'll want to show the kids excitedly opening their presents, or perhaps capture grandad asleep in the armchair with his paper hat on at a funny angle.

If our judges pick out your entry, you'll win a 100 gift voucher to spend at Garsons Garden Centre in Titchfield, which stocks a large range of gardening items plus clothing, homeware and speciality food.

As well as the prize, the winning photo will be featured in The News, along with the best of the other entries.

To help you compose a winning picture, our chief photographer Malcolm Wells has the following handy tips:

If you're lining up a prepared shot, compose your picture carefully with no gaps.

Try to avoid a window being in the background - it can fool the camera's electronics and subjects end up rather dark.

Take an upright and a landscape version of your picture and pick the best one.

Experiment with using the flash - it can greatly improve the lighting of the end result.

To enter One Christmas Day, just take a suitably festive digital shot tomorrow, then e-mail it to with your name, address, a daytime/mobile phone number and a description of the picture and who is in it.

The closing date is midnight on Monday, December 27 and remember that all pictures must have been taken tomorrow please.

Normal News competition rules apply and the editor's decision is final.