Summer Photo Competition finalists - part one

Hundreds of readers from across the Hunter have entered the Newcastle Herald's Summer Photo Competition. Here are the 12 finalists. Tomorrow, we will present the second batch of finalists, with the winners announced on Friday.

The best photo wins an Olympus PEN Mini digital camera, worth $449, plus 1000 6x4 prints which are valued at $150. Second prize is an Olympus TG-820 10-metre waterproof camera and third prize is an Olympus TG-320 3-metre waterproof camera, all from Domayne Kotara.

Bolt From The Blue - David Diehm

Bolt From The Blue - David Diehm

A Very Aussie Christmas - Laura Dowling

A Very Aussie Christmas - Laura Dowling

Low Tide Redhead - Ben Gibson

Low Tide Redhead - Ben Gibson

Flagged - Kate Clare

Flagged - Kate Clare

Angling - Brenda Ashley

Angling - Brenda Ashley

Limitless - Benjamin Sowry

Limitless - Benjamin Sowry

Blue Jelly - Martin Loran

Blue Jelly - Martin Loran

Pooped - Jo Jones

Pooped - Jo Jones

Seagull Sunset - Michael Kalokerinos

Seagull Sunset - Michael Kalokerinos

Rainbow Bubble - Virginia Longworth

Rainbow Bubble - Virginia Longworth

Dawn Surfer - David Rose

Dawn Surfer - David Rose

Mermaid - Matthew Mollison

Mermaid - Matthew Mollison