BUDDING photographers across the Staffordshire Moorlands are being offered the chance to showcase their photography skills by entering their images into a competition based around Cecilly Brook nature reserve in Cheadle.
The Friends of Cecilly Brook and Hales Hall Pool have organised the competition around the theme 'Wildlife and Landscapes around Cecilly Brook and Hales Hall Pool'.
The competition is open to all amateur snappers and is split into two categories – Under 16 and Over 16 – with a £20 voucher up for grabs for the winners of each category.
Councillor Mark Deaville, cabinet member for leisure, sport, parks and countryside, said: "This is a great way of encouraging enthusiastic amateur photographers to explore and enjoy the stunning landscapes and flora and fauna in and around Cecilly Brook and Hales Hall Pool with the added bonus of seeing their work displayed and, possibly, taking home a cash prize.
"This area is one of the most important sites in Staffordshire for water voles and is rich in ancient flower meadows and mature hedgerows so there is plenty for photographers to capture. I'd like to wish everyone who takes part in the competition good luck and I look forward to seeing the entries."
A selection of the photographs will be displayed in the Pugin Centre in Cheadle and the winning entry will feature in a local business calendar for 2015.
Full details of the location of the Cecilly Brook nature reserve and the competition rules are available at www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/sm/cecilly-brook
Photographs should be sent to Staffordshire Moorlands Horticultural Services, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek, ST13 6HQ or you can hand in your pictures to the one-stop-shop in Cheadle High Street.
Entries must be received by 5pm on Friday 15 August and your name, age and contact details must be included on the back of every photograph.