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Canberra Times readers Summer photocomp 2015

Whether capturing the serenity of a sunset or seizing a flash of action, there is never a shortage of memories to photograph during Canberra's summer.

Entrants to The Canberra Times summer photo competition have again succeeded in sharing their love of the capital with impressive photography.

Most people who enjoy photographing landscape scenery agree that the moments in the morning and evening, when the sun sits below the horizon and indirectly emits a mainly blue shade, known as  the "blue hour", is a striking time to photograph.

Robert Triggs, who took up photography as a retirement hobby, knows this all too well.

"The blue hour is the objective of taking photos, because the lovely blue in the sky is quite unusual,"  he said.

This unique time of day combined with the picturesque view of ANZAC Parade from the War Memorial was Mr Triggs' ideal setting for his entry, Summer night Taken. He said it gave "quite a haunting look".


The photo was taken moments before the Roll of Honour Name projections started, where the name of each 62,000 Australians who gave their lives during the First World War are displayed onto the facade of the Hall of Memory at the Australian War Memorial each night.

"I got a nice sunset beforehand, right before the lights came up because it looked quite good," Mr Triggs said.  

"The War Memorial is significant to Canberra and to me, as my father served in World War 2."

Mr Triggs belongs to an online photography club and enjoys sharing photos of Canberra's various hills, mountains, bridges and bush trails with people outside the city so they can compare scenery.  

Some photographers prefer to capture movement over calmness.

David Flannery regularly takes athletic photographs around Canberra, especially in summer.  

"I'm quite passionate about the city," he said.

"I like to take photos at this time of year, when the track athletic season is on … my daughter is a  keen marathon runner."

Mr Flanneryloves the sense of movement created in his entry, The Wheelchair Races, taken at the Australian Institute of Sport.

"I've panned the camera with the movement of the two athletes and the background has come out blurry, which creates a real sense of excitement in their sport … It's great that we've got a couple of  athletes with a disability that are able to participate in these events and a great contribution to the  social life in Canberra."

To enter this season's competition, send in a maximum of three photos with a summer theme to as attached JPEG files at least 150 kilobytes and not more than one megabyte in size. Include your name, address, phone number, photo title, a description of the  photo and the date it was taken.

Visit for full terms and conditions. The  competition ends at midnight on February 28