Photographers have just over six weeks to get out among some of the most photogenic sites in Wiltshire and Swindon to snap up a brilliant prize.

It could be a shot of Stonehenge or Avebury or the village of Laycock - where photography was born - or the industrial architecture of Swindon, maybe even traffic on the A419.

Entries in the VisitWiltshire and Newsquest photo competition for 2018 have already been flooding in since the competition started at the end of June

The contest will run until Sunday, September 30, and there will a first prize of £300 gift vouchers to use at Castle Cameras for the best photograph overall.

Photographers are being encouraged to enter by sending in pictures of their favourite views in and around Wiltshire.

Each entrant can submit up to eight pictures per month - but they must be taken in the county, photographs taken using drones or computer-generated or altered images will not be accepted.

Only colour digital pictures will be accepted

The best pictures will be featured in the Swindon Advertiser throughout the contest before the winning shots are selected.

So how do you capture the perfect shot? Professional photographer Thomas Kelsey passes on some tips...

Try different light - morning day and night can change a picture totally. Morning sun is totally different to evening.

Try different perspectives - shoot up, down and from different angles to get your pictures looking original around the same subject.

Take your time and wait for the “decisive moment”. For example if photographing a busy street, wait to see what happens and capture the action at the right time.

Try using flash in the day. Use different lighting and flash to get totally different results.

Sometimes…. just don’t follow the rules. The best photos sometimes come from an attempt that shouldn’t work.

Experiment and don’t be afraid to try something new each time you go out with your camera.

Entries should be sent to The competition is open to anyone aged 18 and over.

In addition to the main prize of a £300 voucher, there will also be two runners up prizes of £50 vouchers also redeemable at Castle Cameras.

A full list of terms and conditions are available at