AMATEUR photographers who love the Peak District can take a photo of their favourite part of the area in a competition.

The search is now on for the Peak Park Picture Of The Year, organised by Friends of the Peak District and the Peak District National Park Authority, to celebrate National Parks Week in July.

The competition aims to find a single image that best illustrates the Peak District's special qualities.

Dot McGahan, director of Friends of the Peak District, said: "National parks are a priceless asset that belong to us all and the Peak District provides rest, relaxation and inspiration to millions.

"We hope the competition will help to celebrate the diverse landscapes within our national park and draw attention to the need for us all to help protect them."

The overall competition winner will get a day's training course in landscape photography from a professional photographer, and their picture will showcase a special exhibition of finalists' entries set to tour venues in and around the Peak Park this summer.

Wintry images could be chosen for the Friends' annual fund- raising Christmas Cards.

For an entry form contact the Friends of the Peak District on 0114 266 5822 or download a form at www.friendsofthe

The closing date for all entries is Friday, May 13.