Enter Chad photo competition and win some top prizes

WHAT is the meaning of life is an all too often and unanswerable question, but here at Chad we want to know what it means to be young.

That is the theme of our brand new Young Photographer of the Year 2011 competition, which is looking to find the next generation of photographers across Mansfield and Ashfield.

Our brand new contest is open to anyone across the district who thinks they have a keen eye for a sparkling image and an idea of what being young is all about.

Pictures need to capture what it is like to be youthful in our area and can be anything from a day out with friends, events at your local sports or school club or family events.

The contest, open to anyone aged 17 years-old and under, follows on from last year’s successful competition, which was won by Sutton teen Alex Sweetmore’s image of a colourful flower and a bee going about its work.

And Chad has once again teamed up with The Vector Studio, which is based at 81 Fackley Way, Sutton, to offer a fantastic set of prizes - with the winner picking up a 30 x 20 inch canvas print of their winning image.

The second placed entrant will pick up a 20 x 16 inch canvas, with the third placed finalist collecting a 16 x 12 image.

Brian Slaney, owner of The Vector Studio, said: “As well as being an excellent gift idea, turning your favourite photo into a canvas art print can make it the focal point of your home.”

For more information visit www.thevectorstudio.co.uk

And one person who certainly knows how to capture the perfect photo is Chad’s award-winning photographer Angela Ward, who offered these words of advice.

“This is a wide open topic for people who want to put their own slant on it,”she said.

“We want pictures to show what life is like as a young person in Mansfield and Ashfield.

“Something that makes your picture stand out and have energy is an important element.

“We are looking for colour and vibrancy and something that provides spark, whether that is through the use of colour, smiling faces or something else.

“Don’t be afraid to experiment and use different angles if need be.”

Entrants can submit their images by emailing photocomp@chad.co.uk by the closing deadline of 5pm on 31st September.

All entries must be supplied in a JPG format and given your name. Multiple entries by the same person must also be numbered, eg: John Smith 1, John Smith 2 etc.

Details about what is happening in the picture, along with your name, address and contact details must also be supplied.

There is no limit to the amount of images an entrant may submit.

The winners will then be decided by the Chad photographic team.