My Leeds in Focus photography competition: ENTER AND VOTE

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HERE’S a picture perfect opportunity to put the best of Leeds well and truly in the frame.

The Leeds Community Foundation (LCF) charity today announced details of its inaugural My Leeds in Focus photography competition.

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People across Leeds are being encouraged to submit their photos showcasing the city’s residents, places and activities.

Pictures can be old or new and of any subject, as long as they have been taken in the LS postcode area.

Shortlisted entries will go on display at Leeds’s Light Night cultural celebration on Friday, October 9.

An independent panel of judges will select winners from the shortlist in two categories, one for under-16s and the other for people aged 16 or over.

They will be rewarded with the chance to polish their skills in photography sessions with professional Leeds snappers Jonathan Turner and Peter Mitchell.

Yorkshire Evening Post readers will also get to pick their own People’s Choice winner in an online vote being held as part of our Love Leeds campaign.

LCF chief executive Sally-Anne Greenfield said: “The city of Leeds is very diverse and we want to use this competition to view Leeds through the eyes of local people in all our local communities.

“We hope the competition will not only showcase the amazing people, activities and hidden locations that are at the heart of our city but also raise awareness of the importance of supporting and giving back to your local community.”

YEP managing editor Nicola Furbisher said: “We’re really looking forward to seeing the entries that come in for the competition.

“I’m sure there will be special personal stories or memories behind many of the pictures and it will be great to hear them as well.”

The closing date for entries is Friday, September 11. Photos can be submitted via the YEP’s Facebook page above or the www.leedscf.org.uk/photography-competition web page.

The LCF has distributed more than £25m in grants to around 3,500 community projects since 2005.

Beneficiaries have included groups tackling problems such as domestic violence, mental health, social isolation and homelessness.

Love Leeds has been launched to celebrate everything that is good about the city in the YEP’s 125th anniversary year.