Following the success of its 2012 photographic competition, Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) and the Daily Echo have teamed up once again to run a photographic competition to create greater awareness of the diversity within Poole Harbour and to highlight the delicate balance between nature and human activities.

The competition, which will launch in January 2014, will be incorporated into the ‘Have Your Say’ section of the paper, where for the next two months photographs submitted for the competition will appear in print.

The theme of this competition will focus on Poole Harbour through the winter months with four different categories used to entice readers to submit their photographs. The categories will consist of water activities, photographs taken by under 21’s, photography professionals and wildlife.

Each category will run for two weeks with a different prize for each category winner. The winning photos will be posted on PHC’s social media channels.

To kick-start the competition, the topic is winter water activities in Poole Harbour.  PHC and the Daily Echo are encouraging readers of all ages and abilities to submit photographs based on this subject by January 25 for the chance to win a Go-Pro Hero 3+ silver edition camera.

Jim Stewart, chief executive of the Poole Harbour Commissioners, says: “Even during the cold winter months, Poole Harbour is still a fascinating beauty spot and one of the most photographed places in Dorset. Over the Christmas period we want to encourage more people to get out with their cameras and capture all aspects of harbour life from boating, watersports and commercial port activities to wildlife and fishing.”

So whether there are images of ferries arriving, windsurfing or kitesurfing and other watersports, commercial port activity, flora and fauna, or the variety of wildlife that inhabit the surrounding islands we are looking forward to seeing the diversity of Poole Harbour represented throughout the winter.”

To enter, email your picture to [email protected] and include the words Poole Harbour Photographic Competition in the subject line.

Entrants must include their name, age, address, telephone number, email address and a brief description of the location or event and time of year.