BUDDING photographers can enter a competition to capture the best images of the Jurassic Coast.

The 2013 Jurassic Coast Photography Competition is free to enter and will be judged by a panel including 2007 Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Ben Osborne, and landscape photographer Joe Cornish.

Mr Osborne said: “The Jurassic Coast is a truly inspiring coastline.

“I am very excited about this competition, which will hopefully encourage people to celebrate this internationally important 95 miles of coast.

“We are looking for entries which illustrate our themes in an innovative and original way.”

The competition’s three categories are ‘my special place’, ‘point in time’ and ‘close up coast’.

Images must have been taken in the last five years, or up to the closing date of the competition, February 25 2013.

A cash prize of £500 is on offer for the adult winner, with £250 for a youth winner, plus runners-up prizes.

World Heritage team leader, Sam Rose, said: “We are delighted that this year’s Jurassic Coast award is a photography competition.

“The World Heritage Site is a very popular subject for many photographers and I’m looking forward to seeing stunning images of that ‘different view’ of our coast.”

Entrants can submit up to five photos in each category which should be sent as prints, size A4 or smaller, to Jurassic Coast Award, PO Box 7755, Dorchester , DT1 9GQ.

The title of the image, category, entrant’s name, age, address, telephone number and email address should be included on the reverse of the print.

For more information on the competition, visit the website www.jurassiccoast.org/award