FORGET the cautionary advice.

Children make the best photographic subjects, if The Canberra Times summer photo competition is any indication.

Youngsters might rank alongside animals as the most unpredictable subjects to corral, but when they’re on your side they make for some smashing images.

 

Numerous competition entries were made by grandparents taking photos of the children they are allowed to spoil – and then hand back to mum and dad.
Former public servant John Roberts said his grandchildren make the best subjects.

 

"I could send you 50 photos, but then I am biased," said the 66-year-old, who uses the beaches at Ulladulla as the backdrop for many of his photos.  

 

"Kids just keep pulling faces. They have these wonderful poses."

 

Other photos may not have been taken by grandparents, but they are certainly cherished by them.

 

Particularly if families live long distances apart. 

 

Charmian Lawson, of Holder, will cherish the photo of her granddaughter swimming during the 2012-13 summer holiday. 

 

"It’s wonderful that we can keep up with the growth of the grandchildren this way, especially if you’re not living in the same city," she said. 

 

Claire Neale took a photo which she titled "Static Summer": not surprising because it shows her daughter, Sofie’s, hair standing at hundreds of different angles because of static electricity. 

 

"It was after she came down the slide," mum Claire said.

 

"You have to be quick to get these photos, especially with kids, but when you catch these moments they’re fantastic.

 

"Sofie tried to do it again, and went down the slide a second time but it didn’t work.

 

"I photograph beautiful things, mainly my kids."

 

The Canberra Times competition has given aspiring photographers the chance to have their favourite shots published; the winning entry receives $500, second prize $300, and third $200.

 

A selection of the entries will be published in the newspaper and on canberratimes.com.au throughout the summer.

 

The final submissions were accepted last Friday.