by James Grayson
Budding photographers in Leeds are being encouraged to focus their lenses on their local park as the annual Leeds in Bloom competition kicks off.
Leeds in Bloom celebrates nature and wildlife in Leeds and people of all ages are invited to take a photo of a park or green space in the city.
The 12 winning images will be used in the official 2014 calendar.
The winners will also receive prize money of £100 from parcel delivery service Hermes, sponsor of Leeds in Bloom.
Leeds City Council executive member for the environment Councillor Mark Dobson said: “Leeds in Bloom is a fantastic initiative which everyone in Leeds can play their part in, from schools to homeowners, community groups, businesses and photographers for the calendar competition.
“It really does bring people together and helps to make Leeds look fantastic, especially during the summer months.”
There is also a separate category this year for those aged 16 and under – with the winners and their schools receiving horticulture vouchers from sponsors Evans Property Group.
Judging takes place in July with gold, silver and bronze awards on offer.Entries for the competition are now being accepted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or through the post on a disk to Richard Gill, Farnley Hall, Hall Lane, Leeds, LS12 5HA. The deadline for entries is Friday 27 September 2013.