The long-awaited announcement of the winner of the first-ever Specsavers Life Thru The Lens photographic competition will be made later this month.
Months ago, we set readers the challenge of sending in their shots from the Eastwood and Kimberley area and further afield.
We were inundated with photographs covering a huge range of subjects, from images of wildlife to iconic pieces of local architecture.
Now we are busy sifting through the entries to come up with ten finalists, whose photos will appear in the paper in the coming weeks.
After that, a team of judges will decide on the overall winner, who will walk away with a top of the range digital camera worth hundreds of pounds, provided by sponsor Specsavers of Bath Street, Ilkeston.
The top snapper will be presented with their prize at the Specsavers base at a special presentation. They will also walk away with the prestige of being our first-ever winner.
Advertiser editor Martin Hutton said: “When we first decided to launch the competition it was a bit of a leap of faith. We didn’t really know how locals would take to it.
“But the response was absolutely brilliant with some stunning shots being sent in. Almost on a daily basis we had a new selection of photographs vying for the title.
“There is clearly some talent out there and it is great to be able to recognise that talent with the help of this competition.
“It has also been a great partnership between the paper and Specsavers and its Ilkeston director Kirshna Parmar. I would like to thank her and everyone who has taken part.
“I hope the contest will become a regular event in the future.”