Since launching our ‘winter scenes’ photographic competition last week, you have been sending in lots of great pictures from across the Wharfedale and Aireborough districts.

Sponsored by Panasonic UK and run in conjunction with Annings camera shop in Ilkley and the Youth Committee of the Rotary Club of Ilkley, the competitions aims to focus on photography by young people.

The theme of the competition is Winter Scenes, so we are hoping to see lots of crisp, nature pictures – possibly with ice and maybe even snow, depending on what the weather does in the next few weeks.

There are two age categories – under 18 and over 18. There will be a first prize of a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 digital camera for the winner of each age category, with a runners-up prize in each category of a 20inx16in canvas print of the photograph.

The closing date for entries will be Friday, February 28. We will run a selection of entries in the interim, before judges choose the top five from each age category, which will then be printed in the paper and readers will vote for their favourite.

The Rotary Club’s Youth Committee plays an active role in encouraging young people to prosper and interact with the community. Some of its projects include running the Young Dales Chef competition, organising the Pancake Race, holding a handwriting competition and a technology tournament, as well as running a Leadership Award.

Terms and conditions:

Employees of Newsquest Yorkshire & North East Ltd and Annings Ilkley Ltd are not eligible to enter. Photographic entries must have been taken within the circulation area of the Ilkley Gazette and Wharfedale & Aireborough Observer. Entries can be submitted digitally by e-mail to george.hinton@gazetteand

Pictures must be RGB jpeg attachments with file sizes between 500kb and 3mb per e-mail and each image must include the photographer’s name in the filename.

Hard-copy images should be sent to: Photographic Competition, Gazette and Observer, 8 Wells Road, Ilkley, LS29 9JD. Unfortunately entries cannot be returned. Entries must include the name, age, and address of the entrant and a daytime telephone number.

The closing date is noon on Friday, February 28. Prizes are not transferrable and no cash equivalent is available. By submitting images to the competition, each entrant confirms and warrants that: they are the sole author of each entry and that it is their original work; they own the copyright and other intellectual property rights of each image.

By entering the competition, you grant Newsquest Yorkshire & North East Ltd and its sponsors and supporters a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media, the images for any purpose directly connected with the competition.

Finalists agree to take part in post-competition publicity. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. For full terms and conditions, visit