GET your cameras at the ready – it’s nearly time for The News One Christmas Day photography contest.
Last year, the prize was scooped by Sophia Benham, who took a lovely shot of her seven-month-old son, Kit Benham Wyatt, sleeping off his very ﬁrst Christmas dinner.
Kit had just eaten a turkey dinner (no jars but the real thing!) and then nodded off in his highchair.
Sophia, a keen photographer from North End, Portsmouth, said: ‘It was a photo I couldn’t resist on his ﬁrst Christmas Day. All that fun and food was very exhausting at his age.’
Just like our hugely popular One Summer’s Day contest, the rules for One Christmas Day are simple.
Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing on Christmas Day, 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 at some time on December 25 only.
Maybe you’ll capture the kids excitedly ripping open their presents, or perhaps get a shot of auntie snoozing after a glass of sherry.
The shot could be of festive games, or maybe lunch preparations in the kitchen.
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 including festive food, plants, gifts and homeware.
The winning photo will also 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:
n If you’re lining up a prepared shot, compose your picture carefully with no gaps.
n Try to avoid a window being in the background – it can fool the electronics in the camera and your subjects end up rather dark.
n Take an upright and a landscape version of your picture and pick the best one.
n Avoid making silly signs in the picture – it might seem fun at the time, but they can ruin an otherwise nice photo.
n Squeeze the camera shutter release positively, but not too hard – it will minimise camera movement and make your picture much sharper.
n Experiment with using the ﬂash – it can greatly improve the lighting of the end result.
n Don’t use your digital zoom too much – it can make your picture break up.
HOW TO ENTER
All you have to do is take a suitably festive picture on Christmas Day.
Once you’ve got the perfect digital shot, e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Wednesday, December 28 and all pictures must have been taken on December 25.
lf you’ve got any funny or quirky Christmas Day video footage, we’d like to see that as well.
The competition is just for photos, but we’ll consider showing any video sent in on our website, portsmouth.co.uk
Normal News competition rules apply and the editor’s decision is ﬁnal.