A photography competition has been launched to give people in Watford the opportunity to showcase their pictures of these unique times and the chance to see their images in a special exhibition and displayed around the town.

Labelled Watford in Extraordinary Times, the competition has been organised by Watford Borough Council and gives a platform for adults and children to enter their photos that capture their experience of living during the coronavirus pandemic over the past few months.

There are two categories, one for children aged up to 14 and the other for adults. To enter, residents are asked to submit their photograph(s) via email to communications@watford.gov.uk by Friday, June 26, along with a description of the image(s), your name, age (if taking part in the children’s category), phone number and postcode.

There will be five winners in each category and these will be selected by a panel of judges and announced on Friday, July 3.

The first prize in both categories is a Nintendo Switch Lite. Runners up in the children’s category will each win an arts and crafts pack and the adults will receive The Spicery’s How To Be A Curry Legend cookery kit.

The competition is being held as part of the Watford Together initiative and Mayor Peter Taylor said: “Our aim through Watford Together is to keep the community in Watford connected and help people feel better and less isolated during this time.

“We have seen people capture some amazing pictures of their experience over the past few months, so we want to bring all of these together through a competition and collect these photographs for future generations to see.

“I hope as many of you take part as possible, as we have some great prizes and I look forward to seeing your entries, good luck.”

The photography will be used in a special exhibition at Watford Museum and other sites around the town, with the winning images shared on the council’s social media channels.