After months of glorious sunshine, the Environment Agency is welcoming the crisp autumn nights with a photography competition open to everyone in the east of England.
Environmental enthusiasts have been urged to get their thinking caps on and their lens caps off to capture an image that reflects the environment during the season.
Autumn officially started on Sunday 22 September, and people have the whole first month of the season to capture the perfect photo before the competition closes on Tuesday 22 October.
The winning photograph will be selected to serve as the banner photograph on their regional Twitter account (@EnvAgencyAnglia) during the season, and the runner-up will be media officer Matt Reville’s banner (@MattRevilleEA).
The only rules for entry are that the image must be a landscape photograph and it must have been taken in the east of England (from North Lincolnshire to Essex, and as far west as Northampton).
Regan Harris, the Environment Agency’s digital engagement advisor, said: “We know there are a lot of great photographers in our region who love taking pictures of the environment.
“We also know that even though everyone enjoyed the weather during the summer, a lot of people are looking forward to the autumn.
“So we thought a photography competition would be a good way to celebrate the leaves falling and the nights drawing in.”
Almost 4,000 people follow Twitter account @EnvAgencyAnglia, so the winning entry will get a lot of exposure when it serves as the account’s banner image.
Media officer Matt Reville added: “We did a competition in spring and had some great entries. The runner-up was a picture of some swans, which has been my banner for six months but doesn’t really fit with the autumn.
“The photograph can be of anything that you think sums up autumn – whether that’s copper-toned leaves, sprinkles of frost or misty mornings.
“Hopefully photographers will get creative and we will get a whole range of entries that represents this time of the year in the east of England.”
Anybody who wants to enter can submit their photographs by sending them with the hashtag #AwesomeAutumn on Twitter or email them to email@example.com