Lancashire Life Reader Photos - November 2014

Hartshead Pike at Sunset, Ashton-Under-Lyne - Howard Murphy

Hartshead Pike at Sunset, Ashton-Under-Lyne - Howard Murphy - Credit: Archant

Judges are busy choosing the winners of the Lancashire Life photography competition in association with Wilkinson Cameras

Sour Milk, Ghyll Beck - Steven Kidd

Sour Milk, Ghyll Beck - Steven Kidd - Credit: Archant

Lancashire Life picture editor John Cocks knows a good picture when he sees one – after all, he’s been taking them for this magazine for more than 30 years – but choosing just three from the thousands sent in for our annual competition is no easy task.

‘It’s very difficult indeed,’ he said in a break from sifting through the entries. ‘Some wonderful pictures will have to be left off the shortlist because the overall standard is so high. What is particularly pleasing this year is that there is a real variety of shots. Readers have not just been all over the region with their cameras but they have obviously been thinking about how they can make their pictures stand out from the rest and how they can find a different angle or make the best use of the light.’

John is joined on the judging panel by Lancashire Life editor Roger Borrell and David Parkinson, managing director of Wilkinson Cameras. The 12 shortlisted images will be considered for use in next year’s Lancashire Life calendar.

Once they have agreed on the shortlist, they will set about the even more difficult task of selecting a top three who will win wonderful prizes provided by competition sponsors Wilkinson Cameras.

Blackpool colour - Sean Nolan

Blackpool colour - Sean Nolan - Credit: Archant

The first prize winner will receive a Canon EOS 100D and EF-S 18-55 IS STM worth £479.99, second prize is a Canon Powershot S120 worth £399.99 and if your picture comes in third place you’ll win a Canon Powershot SX 510 worth £219.99 (all prices correct as of March 2014).

The pictures on these pages are a few of those under consideration for a place on the shortlist.

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Be in the picture

Brantwood On Coniston Water - Bee Brittain

Brantwood On Coniston Water - Bee Brittain - Credit: Archant

Although the Lancashire Life competition has now closed we’d still love to see your pictures from around Lancashire and the Lakes.

To add your photos to our online gallery, simply go online to and click on the ‘Upload a Photo’ tab.

You will be asked to register, which is free and also allows you to comment on articles and photographs on the site and to take advantage of special offers.

Football on Formby beach - Karen Tickle

Football on Formby beach - Karen Tickle - Credit: Archant

The camera champions

Wilkinson Cameras have ten stores offering a huge choice of photographic and optical equipment to suit all levels supported by interested and enthusiastic staff who are always happy to help.

Wilkinson Camera stores are at: Preston, 27 Friargate Walk, St George’s Centre 01772 556250; Burnley, 95 St James’s Street 01282 424524, Bury, 61 The Rock, 0161 764 3402; Blackburn, 42 Northgate, 01254 581272; Kendal, Unit 19a, the Westmorland Centre, Stricklandgate, 01539 735055; Carlisle, 13 Grapes Lane, The Lanes Centre, 01228 538583; Lancaster, 6 James Street, 01524 380510; Southport, 38 Eastbank Street, 01704 534534; Warrington, 10 The Mall, Golden Square Shopping Centre, 01925 638290, Liverpool, 51 Lord Street, 0151 255 0345. Call 01772 252188 or go online to