BUDDING photographers can put their skills to the test in a library competition.
Headland Library, in Middlegate, recently launched its photography competition and are urging youngsters to get involved.
There is no theme and library staff are encouraging children to be as creative as possible.
The contest is split into two age categories and youngsters still have more than seven weeks to get their entries in.
Headland Library officer Josephine Bonner said: “Now the kids are back at school we wanted to keep them interested in coming to the library and we thought this was a great way of doing so.
“A lot of children have access to digital cameras these days, so we are hoping the competition drums up quite a lot of interest.
“It’s a chance for the youngsters to show off their skills and it’s something a little bit different to a drawing or crafts competition.”
Youngsters aged between five and 10 can enter one category and another is on offer for 11 to 16-year-olds.
Josephine added: “Our competitions do normally prove quite popular.
“Youngsters can take photos of absolutely anything and they will go on display in the library.”
A judge will decide the winners of both categories and prizes will be on offer.
The competition closing date for entries is Saturday, October 29.
Entry forms are available from the library, which is open on a Tuesday and Friday from 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm.
The library also opens its doors from 10am-1pm every Saturday.
Meanwhile, children can show off their craft skills during a weekly session at the library.
Read and rhyme takes place every Friday from 2pm.
The session, which involves storytelling and crafts, is aimed at children aged under five.
To contact the library call (01429) 268169 or email Headland.Library@hartlepool.gov.uk