Summer Herald Photo Competition  

REVERSE REDHEAD: Low tide view to Redhead Beach. Picture Mark Allen
REVERSE REDHEAD: Low tide view to Redhead Beach. Picture Mark Allen
THUNDER ROAD: I managed to take this just as I pulled into my driveway  late afternoon during one of our extreme 'Sunderstorms'. Thunder, lightning and the sun shining brightly. Picture Bree-Arna Harris

THUNDER ROAD: I managed to take this just as I pulled into my driveway late afternoon during one of our extreme 'Sunderstorms'. Thunder, lightning and the sun shining brightly. Picture Bree-Arna Harris

LET'S GO FLY A KITE: Family day enjoying the sunshine, Lambton Park. Picture Murray Guest

LET'S GO FLY A KITE: Family day enjoying the sunshine, Lambton Park. Picture Murray Guest

Catho Jump Rock: Freefallin into the blue. Picture Nicholas Panhuber

Catho Jump Rock: Freefallin into the blue. Picture Nicholas Panhuber

SIMPLY HAPPINESS: The old lookout that looks over the surrounding cliff face that goes around Newcastle beach to redhead and beyond. Picture Nathan Paterson

SIMPLY HAPPINESS: The old lookout that looks over the surrounding cliff face that goes around Newcastle beach to redhead and beyond. Picture Nathan Paterson

TEA TIME AT 1770: Picture: David Marley

TEA TIME AT 1770: Picture: David Marley

BEATING THE HEAT: Our 23 month old daughter found relief from the heat by laying on the sprinkler. Picture Kristal Foot

BEATING THE HEAT: Our 23 month old daughter found relief from the heat by laying on the sprinkler. Picture Kristal Foot

UP IN THE AIR: Loving this game of catch with daddy.Picture Leigh Hainsworth

UP IN THE AIR: Loving this game of catch with daddy.Picture Leigh Hainsworth

BLOOMIN' BEAUTIFUL: Sunflowers in the Upper Hunter. Picture Melissa Evans

BLOOMIN' BEAUTIFUL: Sunflowers in the Upper Hunter. Picture Melissa Evans

GOLDEN HOUR: Redhead beach. Picture Aleah Parr

GOLDEN HOUR: Redhead beach. Picture Aleah Parr

WHEN AN OAR BREAKS, NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS: Surfboat action. Picture Ian Goodwin

WHEN AN OAR BREAKS, NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS: Surfboat action. Picture Ian Goodwin

WAKEBOARD WONDER: GoPro action on Warners Bay. Picture Karen Longworth

WAKEBOARD WONDER: GoPro action on Warners Bay. Picture Karen Longworth

MORNING BATH SWIMMERS: Morning Newcastle Ocean Baths swimmers chat about the water temp. Picture Nathan Henshaw.

MORNING BATH SWIMMERS: Morning Newcastle Ocean Baths swimmers chat about the water temp. Picture Nathan Henshaw.

REFLECTIONS: A sseagull checking himself out at Nobbys Beach. Picture Nathan Henshaw

REFLECTIONS: A sseagull checking himself out at Nobbys Beach. Picture Nathan Henshaw

LIGHTHOUSE BARREL:  Barrelling wave at sunset at Nobbys Beach. Picture Nathan Henshaw

LIGHTHOUSE BARREL: Barrelling wave at sunset at Nobbys Beach. Picture Nathan Henshaw

FERRIS WHEEL: Time lapse of the ferris wheel at Hunter Valley Gardens. Picture Mitchell Griffin

FERRIS WHEEL: Time lapse of the ferris wheel at Hunter Valley Gardens. Picture Mitchell Griffin

SUMMER STORMS. Watching the storm roll in on the Sunshine Coast. Picture Melanie See

SUMMER STORMS. Watching the storm roll in on the Sunshine Coast. Picture Melanie See

OLD-FASHIONED FUN: Picture Katie Hardyman

OLD-FASHIONED FUN: Picture Katie Hardyman

MINE, MINE, MINE:  Two greedy cockatoos fighting over a piece bread. Picture Meghan Woodbridge

MINE, MINE, MINE: Two greedy cockatoos fighting over a piece bread. Picture Meghan Woodbridge

SUMMER STAR: A four-year-old learning to snorkel. Picture Roger Laird

SUMMER STAR: A four-year-old learning to snorkel. Picture Roger Laird

COME AWAY WITH ME: An unforgettable day on Wilsons Promontory. Picture Roger Laird

COME AWAY WITH ME: An unforgettable day on Wilsons Promontory. Picture Roger Laird

THE DEEP BLUE ILLUSION: While it looks like a photo taken in the depths, it's actually of the heavens. Picture: Bree-Arna Harris

THE DEEP BLUE ILLUSION: While it looks like a photo taken in the depths, it's actually of the heavens. Picture: Bree-Arna Harris

A SPLASH OF TIME: Newcastle Breakwall. Picture Katie Milton

A SPLASH OF TIME: Newcastle Breakwall. Picture Katie Milton

PERFECT CATCH: Birubi Beach. Picture Lisa Tomlinson

PERFECT CATCH: Birubi Beach. Picture Lisa Tomlinson

 "Baths post storm". Picture Dan Linsell

"Baths post storm". Picture Dan Linsell

SUNRISE THROUGH THE WAVES: Taken at Scotts Head. Picture Dale Laverty

SUNRISE THROUGH THE WAVES: Taken at Scotts Head. Picture Dale Laverty

Football: A storm approaches during a football game at Wanderers Oval, Broadmeadow. Picture Peter Kennelly

Football: A storm approaches during a football game at Wanderers Oval, Broadmeadow. Picture Peter Kennelly

FAME COVE:  Moored at one of our favourite boating locations, waiting for a friend to arrive via tinny. Picture Sara Smithson

FAME COVE: Moored at one of our favourite boating locations, waiting for a friend to arrive via tinny. Picture Sara Smithson

BENDING OVER BACKWARDS FOR YOU: Picture Vanessa McDonald

BENDING OVER BACKWARDS FOR YOU: Picture Vanessa McDonald

Summer Fun Vanuatu Style This photo was taken at the Blue lagoon in Vanuatu on Boxing day 2013.  Picture Warwick Armstrong

Summer Fun Vanuatu Style This photo was taken at the Blue lagoon in Vanuatu on Boxing day 2013. Picture Warwick Armstrong

WAVE RIDER: From the breakwall at beautiful North Haven beach near Laurieton,early morning surfing. Picture David Watson

WAVE RIDER: From the breakwall at beautiful North Haven beach near Laurieton,early morning surfing. Picture David Watson

FLIPPIN BEAUT SUMMER: At the Cowrie Hole. Picture Karynne Lawler

FLIPPIN BEAUT SUMMER: At the Cowrie Hole. Picture Karynne Lawler

CRESCENT HEAD: Picture Connor Graham

CRESCENT HEAD: Picture Connor Graham

Little Jackie Winter was taken at the very top of the Hunter Valley. Picture Juliana Ford

Little Jackie Winter was taken at the very top of the Hunter Valley. Picture Juliana Ford

BURNT SUNSET: Birubi Beach, Anna Bay during the bushfires. Picture Jo Fletcher

BURNT SUNSET: Birubi Beach, Anna Bay during the bushfires. Picture Jo Fletcher

DANDELION BEAUTY . Picture Ron Lamb.

DANDELION BEAUTY . Picture Ron Lamb.

NOBBYS BEACH: Photographer at work. Picture Grant Newland

NOBBYS BEACH: Photographer at work. Picture Grant Newland

CLARENCE TOWN FARM HOUSE: Picture Anthony Cash

CLARENCE TOWN FARM HOUSE: Picture Anthony Cash

BOYS' WEEKEND CATCHUP: Picture: Aleisha Callinan

BOYS' WEEKEND CATCHUP: Picture: Aleisha Callinan

Bubble Madness: Picture Marissa Volkl

Bubble Madness: Picture Marissa Volkl

Miss Ivy enjoying an afternoon cool down with the backyard hose. Picture Ria Morgan

Miss Ivy enjoying an afternoon cool down with the backyard hose. Picture Ria Morgan

James Fletcher kite surfing. Picture Bruce McKinnon

James Fletcher kite surfing. Picture Bruce McKinnon

Loving the healthy choices, instead of making unhealthy choices! Picture Makalya Webb

Loving the healthy choices, instead of making unhealthy choices! Picture Makalya Webb

MUD RUN: My son loved every minute of his first mud run at Tamworth. Picture Belinda Teague

MUD RUN: My son loved every minute of his first mud run at Tamworth. Picture Belinda Teague

Water Bombing:  A helicopter makes a water bombing run in the recent Dudley bush fires. Picture Daniel Spruce

Water Bombing: A helicopter makes a water bombing run in the recent Dudley bush fires. Picture Daniel Spruce

Reflections – a rising full moon and Nobbys lights are reflected by a calm harbour. Picture Louise Craig

Reflections – a rising full moon and Nobbys lights are reflected by a calm harbour. Picture Louise Craig

'Love Summer' My daughter Luka discovered this while laying in the shallows at the beach. Picture: Kylie Ambrose

'Love Summer' My daughter Luka discovered this while laying in the shallows at the beach. Picture: Kylie Ambrose

A Lazy afternoon in the country. Picture Lynda Hinton

A Lazy afternoon in the country. Picture Lynda Hinton

Cloudbreak from below. PIcture Tim Murphy

Cloudbreak from below. PIcture Tim Murphy

Fish, Fish, Fish! With a 1 year old son who is obsessed with fish, Hong Island in Thailand was like his very own heaven on earth. Picture Kym Bursill

Fish, Fish, Fish! With a 1 year old son who is obsessed with fish, Hong Island in Thailand was like his very own heaven on earth. Picture Kym Bursill

Two boys on a rock: Picture lip gloss

Two boys on a rock: Picture lip gloss

Merewether, light offshore winds and perfect little waves rolling in. Picture Ash Murray

Merewether, light offshore winds and perfect little waves rolling in. Picture Ash Murray

FISHING: Glenbawn Dam. Picture Toni Ward

FISHING: Glenbawn Dam. Picture Toni Ward

Unexpected Dinner Guests – Enjoying fish and chips by the lake. Picture Sara Roberts

Unexpected Dinner Guests – Enjoying fish and chips by the lake. Picture Sara Roberts

HAVING A REST: Boracay, Malaysia. Picture Emma Feebrey

HAVING A REST: Boracay, Malaysia. Picture Emma Feebrey

Learning to sail: A sparkling morning on Salamander Bay. Picture James Woodley

Learning to sail: A sparkling morning on Salamander Bay. Picture James Woodley

Only room for one, mate: Pelicans at Horseshoe beach. Picture Kirk Evans

Only room for one, mate: Pelicans at Horseshoe beach. Picture Kirk Evans

Location, Location, Location: Paragliding. Picture Phil Whiteman

Location, Location, Location: Paragliding. Picture Phil Whiteman

'The Perfect Wake!' Awesome shot of friends enjoying the sun and a great jump over the wake on a wake board in the William River. PIcture  Gemma Gemma

'The Perfect Wake!' Awesome shot of friends enjoying the sun and a great jump over the wake on a wake board in the William River. PIcture Gemma Gemma

NEVERMIND: My son Titus's first swim. Picture Monty King.

NEVERMIND: My son Titus's first swim. Picture Monty King.

Smooth toadfish at Dudley Beach South. Picture Josephine Bourne

Smooth toadfish at Dudley Beach South. Picture Josephine Bourne

'The Fisherman' The fisherman apologised if he was in the way of my shot. Instead he became the star. Picture Karen Longworth

'The Fisherman' The fisherman apologised if he was in the way of my shot. Instead he became the star. Picture Karen Longworth

Summer Fun at Lake Macquarie. Picture Ian Osland

Summer Fun at Lake Macquarie. Picture Ian Osland

"Tiny Planets", after a heavy morning fog, these water drops were clinging to a spider web on the same back fence, Picture Glen Barry

"Tiny Planets", after a heavy morning fog, these water drops were clinging to a spider web on the same back fence, Picture Glen Barry

Sunrise on Stockton Beach. Picture   Jodie Williams

Sunrise on Stockton Beach. Picture Jodie Williams

Sunset Paddle shooting the sunset down at Valentine. Picture Scott Gilbert

Sunset Paddle shooting the sunset down at Valentine. Picture Scott Gilbert

AFTER PARK COOL DOWN. Picture Macca Frith

AFTER PARK COOL DOWN. Picture Macca Frith

After park cool down image. Picture Macca Frith

After park cool down image. Picture Macca Frith

“Blown Away” This photo was taken on the 29th December 2013 at Nobby’s Beach. A very windy day when I was trying to snap a photo of my friends daughter Charlie, when the wind almost lifted her. PIcture Patrick Heffernan

“Blown Away” This photo was taken on the 29th December 2013 at Nobby’s Beach. A very windy day when I was trying to snap a photo of my friends daughter Charlie, when the wind almost lifted her. PIcture Patrick Heffernan

SUNSET IN THE VALLEY: Picture Carl Brunton

SUNSET IN THE VALLEY: Picture Carl Brunton

First Test The kids had a swim in the lake and then decided to play cricket, but one stump was missing. Picture Graham Prichard

First Test The kids had a swim in the lake and then decided to play cricket, but one stump was missing. Picture Graham Prichard

Early morning from the Newcastle Ocean Baths looking back to the lighthouse. Picture Robert Richens

Early morning from the Newcastle Ocean Baths looking back to the lighthouse. Picture Robert Richens

Quiet reflections: The final sunset of 2013 was a beauty, Newcastle baths proved to be a quite peaceful place to reflect upon the year that was. Picture Vanessa McDonald

Quiet reflections: The final sunset of 2013 was a beauty, Newcastle baths proved to be a quite peaceful place to reflect upon the year that was. Picture Vanessa McDonald

NEIGHBOURHOOD KIDS: We have an amazing neighbourhood in Tighes Hill, most of our kids are the same age and enjoy going between each others houses. Picture Bannaua Brown

NEIGHBOURHOOD KIDS: We have an amazing neighbourhood in Tighes Hill, most of our kids are the same age and enjoy going between each others houses. Picture Bannaua Brown

EVEN SUPERHEROES WORK ON HOT SUMMER DAYS: A big effort. Picture Karen Wilesmith

EVEN SUPERHEROES WORK ON HOT SUMMER DAYS: A big effort. Picture Karen Wilesmith

DUDLEY ROCK POOL: Cooling off at the southern point at Dudley Beach. Picture Steve Taylor

DUDLEY ROCK POOL: Cooling off at the southern point at Dudley Beach. Picture Steve Taylor

DAISY CHAIN: Jada in flowers. Picture Kirsten Bridge

DAISY CHAIN: Jada in flowers. Picture Kirsten Bridge

SUMMER STORM: Picture Karen Wilesmith

SUMMER STORM: Picture Karen Wilesmith

ZOO WITH A VIEW: Up close and personal with a giraffe at Taronga Park Zoo. Picture Bruce Staples

ZOO WITH A VIEW: Up close and personal with a giraffe at Taronga Park Zoo. Picture Bruce Staples

FRIENDS: Picture Aiden Essex-Plath

FRIENDS: Picture Aiden Essex-Plath

CRUISING IN: Picture Callum Staples

CRUISING IN: Picture Callum Staples

HELLO THERE DOLPHINS: Mind if we hitch a ride north with your boat. Picture Maree Edwards

HELLO THERE DOLPHINS: Mind if we hitch a ride north with your boat. Picture Maree Edwards

EVOCATIVE: Newcastle beach in pastel colors. Picture Phattapol Maiwad

EVOCATIVE: Newcastle beach in pastel colors. Picture Phattapol Maiwad

SUMMER DELIGHT: In Newcastle Harbour. Picture Steven Johnson

SUMMER DELIGHT: In Newcastle Harbour. Picture Steven Johnson

 Bubble Fun: Summer bubble fun with little Eve. Picure Cassie Creek

Bubble Fun: Summer bubble fun with little Eve. Picure Cassie Creek

 Lucy the dog at Horseshoe Beach, flying through the air in anticipation to fetch for a stick. Picture; Grace Amber Zycki

Lucy the dog at Horseshoe Beach, flying through the air in anticipation to fetch for a stick. Picture; Grace Amber Zycki

HANGIN' OUT: Three mates at Dixon Park. PIcture Brett Chaffer

HANGIN' OUT: Three mates at Dixon Park. PIcture Brett Chaffer

'3rd Creek Float' Enjoying a float in 3rd Creek at redhead beach on New Year's Eve!  Picture Gemma Pearce

'3rd Creek Float' Enjoying a float in 3rd Creek at redhead beach on New Year's Eve! Picture Gemma Pearce

AWESOME: Sunset over the grahamstown dam. Picture: Elizabeth Smith

AWESOME: Sunset over the grahamstown dam. Picture: Elizabeth Smith

BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE: Enjoying the view from an old sofa on Turners beach at Sunset. Pic: Zol Straub

BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE: Enjoying the view from an old sofa on Turners beach at Sunset. Pic: Zol Straub

TASTES LIKE SUMMER: Twin sisters Alannah and Arianna eating a watermelon on a hot summer's day. Pic: Shaana Crisp

TASTES LIKE SUMMER: Twin sisters Alannah and Arianna eating a watermelon on a hot summer's day. Pic: Shaana Crisp

Dawn at King Edward Park. Pic: Michelle Faithfull

Dawn at King Edward Park. Pic: Michelle Faithfull

OUR LITTLE MERMAID:  Cooling off at the Bogey Hole. Picture Larissa Butterfield

OUR LITTLE MERMAID: Cooling off at the Bogey Hole. Picture Larissa Butterfield

"BEE HAPPY!" I loved the excited 'expression' in this bumblebee's eyes as he went in for a summer morning feed on our bottle brush. Picture: Stephanie McIsaac

"BEE HAPPY!" I loved the excited 'expression' in this bumblebee's eyes as he went in for a summer morning feed on our bottle brush. Picture: Stephanie McIsaac

BATMAN EMBRACE:  Surfers Paradise hotel after visiting Movie World during a recent holiday.   Picture: Mitch Berrigan

BATMAN EMBRACE: Surfers Paradise hotel after visiting Movie World during a recent holiday. Picture: Mitch Berrigan

SHADY HAT – 17 January 2014. This old house at Goorangoola near Singleton wore its roof and verandah, on a 38 degree day, like a shady stockman’s hat . Picture: Greg Powell

SHADY HAT – 17 January 2014. This old house at Goorangoola near Singleton wore its roof and verandah, on a 38 degree day, like a shady stockman’s hat . Picture: Greg Powell

NYE FIREWORKS:  Taken 31st December through a window, from Honeysuckle high-rise looking down towards Nobbys. Picture Jonathan Milgate

NYE FIREWORKS: Taken 31st December through a window, from Honeysuckle high-rise looking down towards Nobbys. Picture Jonathan Milgate

SUNSET SILHOUETTE: Captured at the World Pool, Newcastle Beach at sunset. Picutre: Lorraine Davis

SUNSET SILHOUETTE: Captured at the World Pool, Newcastle Beach at sunset. Picutre: Lorraine Davis

PELICAN DANCE: A trip to the beach can be great fun when a new friend joins in. Picture Patrick Kenny

PELICAN DANCE: A trip to the beach can be great fun when a new friend joins in. Picture Patrick Kenny

LET'S NOT GO HOME YET: Redhead Beach at sunset as a child lingers. Picture: Danny James

LET'S NOT GO HOME YET: Redhead Beach at sunset as a child lingers. Picture: Danny James

READY TO EVACUATE: The back deck of the photographer's Minmi house as a bushfire approaches. Picture Danny James

READY TO EVACUATE: The back deck of the photographer's Minmi house as a bushfire approaches. Picture Danny James

ONLY IN AUSTRALIA: Three girls play in the last rays of sunlight on the beach at Hat Head, when a kangaroo popped over the sand dunes. Picture: Annette Collins.

ONLY IN AUSTRALIA: Three girls play in the last rays of sunlight on the beach at Hat Head, when a kangaroo popped over the sand dunes. Picture: Annette Collins.

WRESTLING THE CROCK: Boys scramble on rocks shaped like crocodile: Picture: Jesse Schumaker (13)

WRESTLING THE CROCK: Boys scramble on rocks shaped like crocodile: Picture: Jesse Schumaker (13)

HAPPY DAYS AT THE BEACH: Noah runs in the waves. Picture: Renee Maxwell

HAPPY DAYS AT THE BEACH: Noah runs in the waves. Picture: Renee Maxwell

BIRUBI TILT:  Birubi Beach shot in Tilt Shift making every one look miniature. Picture Simon Creed

BIRUBI TILT: Birubi Beach shot in Tilt Shift making every one look miniature. Picture Simon Creed

BOONDELBAH FISHIN MISSION: shot with a Gopro in Dec 2013 whilst fishing off Boondelbah Isle with a few mates. Picture: SImon Creed

BOONDELBAH FISHIN MISSION: shot with a Gopro in Dec 2013 whilst fishing off Boondelbah Isle with a few mates. Picture: SImon Creed

FOREVER FRIENDS: Kim and Nola at Little Beach Jetty Nelson Bay on Boxing Day. Picture Chloe Devonshire

FOREVER FRIENDS: Kim and Nola at Little Beach Jetty Nelson Bay on Boxing Day. Picture Chloe Devonshire

GLASSY:  This shot inside a wave at Redhead beach was taken with a GoPro.  Picture: Blake Chapman

GLASSY: This shot inside a wave at Redhead beach was taken with a GoPro. Picture: Blake Chapman

LONE TREE: Beauty at Barrington Tops. Picture: Matthew Mollison

LONE TREE: Beauty at Barrington Tops. Picture: Matthew Mollison

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE: A resident of the Taronga Zoo frog enclosure. Picture Natasha Mackle

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE: A resident of the Taronga Zoo frog enclosure. Picture Natasha Mackle

A FATHER'S LOVE: Happiness in King Edward Park. Picture Jessica Rush.

A FATHER'S LOVE: Happiness in King Edward Park. Picture Jessica Rush.

PLAYING IT COOL AT BIRUBI:  Picture: Wendy Kennely

PLAYING IT COOL AT BIRUBI: Picture: Wendy Kennely

GREAT SHOT MUM: Backyard cricket over summer. Picture Mick Loxley

GREAT SHOT MUM: Backyard cricket over summer. Picture Mick Loxley

LAKE LIDDELL & POWERSTATION: Sunset. Picture: Juan Carlos de la Riva

LAKE LIDDELL & POWERSTATION: Sunset. Picture: Juan Carlos de la Riva

BOXERS DAY: A dog greets his master after a surf. Picture Tracy Wilkinson

BOXERS DAY: A dog greets his master after a surf. Picture Tracy Wilkinson

GOOD NIGHT NEWCASTLE: New Years Eve 2013. Picture Brian Rourke.

GOOD NIGHT NEWCASTLE: New Years Eve 2013. Picture Brian Rourke.

HAPPY NEW YEAR: Pyrotechnics from Stockton. Picture Brian Rourke.

HAPPY NEW YEAR: Pyrotechnics from Stockton. Picture Brian Rourke.

MEREWEATHER OCEAN BATHS SUNRISE: Picture Andrew Kellaway

MEREWEATHER OCEAN BATHS SUNRISE: Picture Andrew Kellaway

SUMMER IS FUN: Picture Jeff Aranas

SUMMER IS FUN: Picture Jeff Aranas

SUNSET FROM REDHEAD BLUFF: Picture Alastair Reid

SUNSET FROM REDHEAD BLUFF: Picture Alastair Reid

MIRAGE AT BIRUBI: Picture Wendy Kennely

MIRAGE AT BIRUBI: Picture Wendy Kennely

THEY ONLY POSE WHEN THERE'S FOOD: Picture: Tyrone Turnbull

THEY ONLY POSE WHEN THERE'S FOOD: Picture: Tyrone Turnbull

LORD OF THE SKIES: Picture: Tyrone Turnbull

LORD OF THE SKIES: Picture: Tyrone Turnbull

JUST ANOTHER ECTOTHERM: Picture: Tyrone Turnbull

JUST ANOTHER ECTOTHERM: Picture: Tyrone Turnbull

SEA OF GOLD: Golden canola crops. Picture Jaclyn Kavanagh

SEA OF GOLD: Golden canola crops. Picture Jaclyn Kavanagh

SPEEDING: Brendan driving, Vanessa and Marissa holding on at Broughton Island.  Picture: Steve Smith

SPEEDING: Brendan driving, Vanessa and Marissa holding on at Broughton Island. Picture: Steve Smith

BOYS HAVING BACKYARD FUN: Picture Lynda Stevens

BOYS HAVING BACKYARD FUN: Picture Lynda Stevens

COMPARISON: Picture: Neil Dilley

COMPARISON: Picture: Neil Dilley

ROO IN SUN: Picture Lynda Stevens

ROO IN SUN: Picture Lynda Stevens

HOT SUMMER'S DAY COOL OFF: Picture Glen Cox.

HOT SUMMER'S DAY COOL OFF: Picture Glen Cox.

EARLY MORNING SUMMER SURF: The Cowrie Hole on December 29. Picture Glen Cox

EARLY MORNING SUMMER SURF: The Cowrie Hole on December 29. Picture Glen Cox

LEARNING TO SWIM: Fergus at Corlette Beach. Picture Tracey Friend

LEARNING TO SWIM: Fergus at Corlette Beach. Picture Tracey Friend

SERENITY: Sunset on the property "Serenity",  26km west of Merriwa. Picture Macaila Page.

SERENITY: Sunset on the property "Serenity", 26km west of Merriwa. Picture Macaila Page.

THUMBELINA: April flying high above Daddy. Picture Lara Savage.

THUMBELINA: April flying high above Daddy. Picture Lara Savage.

THROW ME HIGHER DAD: On holiday in the Bahamas. Picture Amanda Filipcevic

THROW ME HIGHER DAD: On holiday in the Bahamas. Picture Amanda Filipcevic

GLENROCK SPLASH: End of year celebrations at Glenrock. Picture Carissa Borrow.

GLENROCK SPLASH: End of year celebrations at Glenrock. Picture Carissa Borrow.

SUMMER SWEETS: Christmas party celebrations. Picture: Christopher Borrow.

SUMMER SWEETS: Christmas party celebrations. Picture: Christopher Borrow.

DON'T PLAY WITH FIRE: Street performer at Byron Bay. Picture: Matthew Mollison

DON'T PLAY WITH FIRE: Street performer at Byron Bay. Picture: Matthew Mollison

FINISHED MORNING SURF: A rider comes in from the waves. Picture Karynne Lawler.

FINISHED MORNING SURF: A rider comes in from the waves. Picture Karynne Lawler.

THE LITTLE THINGS: Playing in the sprinkler. Picture: Sara Robards

THE LITTLE THINGS: Playing in the sprinkler. Picture: Sara Robards

DIXON PARK: Healthy Newcastle in its different forms. Picture: Greg Meyer

DIXON PARK: Healthy Newcastle in its different forms. Picture: Greg Meyer

BOXING DAY NEWCASTLE BEACH: Taken late afternoon on Newcastle Beach on Boxing Day. Picture: Shane Blue

BOXING DAY NEWCASTLE BEACH: Taken late afternoon on Newcastle Beach on Boxing Day. Picture: Shane Blue

SUMMER SUNSETS ON THE LAKE: These shots were taken on the 18th of December 2013 on such a beautiful night when all the elements came together to produce a stunning sunset over the lake. The colours in the sky were changing dramatically with the clouds whisked amongst the light delivering one of my favourite sunsets i have ever shot. Picture: Daniel Wood

SUMMER SUNSETS ON THE LAKE: These shots were taken on the 18th of December 2013 on such a beautiful night when all the elements came together to produce a stunning sunset over the lake. The colours in the sky were changing dramatically with the clouds whisked amongst the light delivering one of my favourite sunsets i have ever shot. Picture: Daniel Wood

MEREWETHER BATHS:  Fun times at Merewether Baths. Picture: Greg Meyer

MEREWETHER BATHS: Fun times at Merewether Baths. Picture: Greg Meyer

BLOATED:  I actually love the contrast of the beautiful water and sand against the harsh spike filled and leathery looking fish and with the summer afternoon storm clouds on the approach. Picture: Jaclyn Knight

BLOATED: I actually love the contrast of the beautiful water and sand against the harsh spike filled and leathery looking fish and with the summer afternoon storm clouds on the approach. Picture: Jaclyn Knight

SUN SMART GEORGE:  This is George a British White calf. He is sitting under a tree wearing a hat. Picture: Eleanor Lennard Millfield

SUN SMART GEORGE: This is George a British White calf. He is sitting under a tree wearing a hat. Picture: Eleanor Lennard Millfield

THE LAST CAST: Picture: Kelly Burnet

THE LAST CAST: Picture: Kelly Burnet

COOL SPRAY: A photo a people dicing with the swell on a big day at the end of Nobbys Breakwall. Picture: Peter Krempin

COOL SPRAY: A photo a people dicing with the swell on a big day at the end of Nobbys Breakwall. Picture: Peter Krempin

HARRY'S  BBQ DE WHEELS: Harry the Jack Russell jumps in first in queue for a feed from the BBQ. Picture: John McKinley

HARRY'S BBQ DE WHEELS: Harry the Jack Russell jumps in first in queue for a feed from the BBQ. Picture: John McKinley

LILY IN THE SPRINKLER: Best way to cool down with a bit of sprinkler action. Picture: Matthew Olive

LILY IN THE SPRINKLER: Best way to cool down with a bit of sprinkler action. Picture: Matthew Olive

SUNRISE BEAUTY: This was taken at Dudley Beach with my boyfriend, this was our first sunrise together.  Picture: Kiralee de Belle

SUNRISE BEAUTY: This was taken at Dudley Beach with my boyfriend, this was our first sunrise together. Picture: Kiralee de Belle

DIVE BOMBER: Shows the feel of summer at the beach. Picture: Kerri Harding

DIVE BOMBER: Shows the feel of summer at the beach. Picture: Kerri Harding

SUNSET: Taken after the fires at Catherine Hill Bay. Picture: Kahn Whiteford

SUNSET: Taken after the fires at Catherine Hill Bay. Picture: Kahn Whiteford

SAFFRON ON DECK: My cat Saffron enjoying the afternoon sun on our back deck. Picture: Cheryl Close

SAFFRON ON DECK: My cat Saffron enjoying the afternoon sun on our back deck. Picture: Cheryl Close

SPARKLING SUNSETS: Taken at Nelson Bay. Picture: Erin Pozniak

SPARKLING SUNSETS: Taken at Nelson Bay. Picture: Erin Pozniak

THE BOYS: At sunset on New Years Eve. Picture: Deidre Price

THE BOYS: At sunset on New Years Eve. Picture: Deidre Price

REDHEAD BEACH ICON: The lifeguard’s tower at Redhead is one of the region’s most iconic sights, everyone who has been there knows it instantly. Picture: Paul Hollins

REDHEAD BEACH ICON: The lifeguard’s tower at Redhead is one of the region’s most iconic sights, everyone who has been there knows it instantly. Picture: Paul Hollins

COWRIE HOLE: Early Morning at the Cowrie Hole. Picture: Gordon Bender

COWRIE HOLE: Early Morning at the Cowrie Hole. Picture: Gordon Bender

SPLASH AND DACHS: Rufus the dachshund makes waves as he jumps in for a dip, while his friend Pretzel is happy to just watch! Picture: James Sneesby

SPLASH AND DACHS: Rufus the dachshund makes waves as he jumps in for a dip, while his friend Pretzel is happy to just watch! Picture: James Sneesby

SPLASH AND DACHS: Rufus the dachshund makes waves as he jumps in for a dip, while his friend Pretzel is happy to just watch! Picture: James Sneesby

SPLASH AND DACHS: Rufus the dachshund makes waves as he jumps in for a dip, while his friend Pretzel is happy to just watch! Picture: James Sneesby

SUNRISE: Taken at Blacksmiths beach. I was up for an early morning surf, couldn't help but take a photo to catch this moment. Picture: Raymond Tanasoff

SUNRISE: Taken at Blacksmiths beach. I was up for an early morning surf, couldn't help but take a photo to catch this moment. Picture: Raymond Tanasoff

TAURUS: Taurus although old still enjoys a swim like a pup at Horseshoe Beach. Picture: Kate Parker

TAURUS: Taurus although old still enjoys a swim like a pup at Horseshoe Beach. Picture: Kate Parker

JUST RELAXING: Gymnastics follows me everywhere , even on holidays. This photo was taken on one of the beautiful islands of New Caledonia. Picture: Tiahn Pesterey

JUST RELAXING: Gymnastics follows me everywhere , even on holidays. This photo was taken on one of the beautiful islands of New Caledonia. Picture: Tiahn Pesterey

RIDING RIVER RAPIDS: Here’s a photo I took while we were away camping at Poley’s Place near Gloucester. It was great to see the kids having some good old fashioned fun cooling off in the river, riding the rapids on their airbeds and floats. Picture: Leigh Burgess

RIDING RIVER RAPIDS: Here’s a photo I took while we were away camping at Poley’s Place near Gloucester. It was great to see the kids having some good old fashioned fun cooling off in the river, riding the rapids on their airbeds and floats. Picture: Leigh Burgess

BELMONT FISHING: A couple enjoying having a late night fish out at Belmont.Picture; Nicholas Hills

BELMONT FISHING: A couple enjoying having a late night fish out at Belmont.Picture; Nicholas Hills

BATMAN EMBRACE: Image taken at Surfers Paradise hotel after visiting Movie World during a recent holiday. Picture: Mitch Berrigan

BATMAN EMBRACE: Image taken at Surfers Paradise hotel after visiting Movie World during a recent holiday. Picture: Mitch Berrigan

LATE AFTERNOON SURF: Late afternoon as the sun is setting but the beach crowd is still going strong and this surfer is just heading out for a surf. Picture: Stephanie Owen

LATE AFTERNOON SURF: Late afternoon as the sun is setting but the beach crowd is still going strong and this surfer is just heading out for a surf. Picture: Stephanie Owen

NEWCASTLE LIFESAVERS BACK ON DUTY: Picture Stephanie Owen

NEWCASTLE LIFESAVERS BACK ON DUTY: Picture Stephanie Owen

SUMMER FUN: Taken on a hot summer evening while celebrating chirstmas with friends this image of my son Xavier and his friend Ivy captures what summer is all about. Fun, silliness and chocolate ice-cream. Picture: Alexandra Malam

SUMMER FUN: Taken on a hot summer evening while celebrating chirstmas with friends this image of my son Xavier and his friend Ivy captures what summer is all about. Fun, silliness and chocolate ice-cream. Picture: Alexandra Malam

SUMMER SURPRISE: Two of my three children, Aria and Zachary caught by surprise walking between Newcastle and Nobbys Beach. Picture: Kylie Ambrose

SUMMER SURPRISE: Two of my three children, Aria and Zachary caught by surprise walking between Newcastle and Nobbys Beach. Picture: Kylie Ambrose

SUMMER LOVE:  Photo taken in King Edward Park in the afternoon. Picture: Shane Nolland

SUMMER LOVE: Photo taken in King Edward Park in the afternoon. Picture: Shane Nolland

THROSBY CREEK: Taken at Islington Park on the morning of the big fog on November 13 last year. Picture: Ronald Eason

THROSBY CREEK: Taken at Islington Park on the morning of the big fog on November 13 last year. Picture: Ronald Eason

SURFING WITH DOLPHINS:    Picture: Gail Horsefall

SURFING WITH DOLPHINS: Picture: Gail Horsefall

LONG WAY HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: The long road to Broken Hill on the Children's Variety Bash. Picture:  John Lehman

LONG WAY HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: The long road to Broken Hill on the Children's Variety Bash. Picture: John Lehman

WET TOES CAFE: This photo was taken during a king tide at the Boat Shed Café located at Marine Drive Tea Gardens. Picture: Michael Carson

WET TOES CAFE: This photo was taken during a king tide at the Boat Shed Café located at Marine Drive Tea Gardens. Picture: Michael Carson

LORIKEET FAMILY IN THE POOL: Taken on the 10th December at 1842hrs when the temperature was still hovering around 30 degrees.

LORIKEET FAMILY IN THE POOL: Taken on the 10th December at 1842hrs when the temperature was still hovering around 30 degrees.

SUMMER DREAMING: Photo is of my daughter Emily with our surfboards in the backyard. Picture: Shane Abrahamson

SUMMER DREAMING: Photo is of my daughter Emily with our surfboards in the backyard. Picture: Shane Abrahamson

CHEEKY: At Redhead beach. Picture: Stacey Green

CHEEKY: At Redhead beach. Picture: Stacey Green

A MERMAID WISH COMES TRUE: Charlotte enjoys her mermaid fin at Lambton Pool to celebrate her 9th Birthday. Picture: Neil Griffin

A MERMAID WISH COMES TRUE: Charlotte enjoys her mermaid fin at Lambton Pool to celebrate her 9th Birthday. Picture: Neil Griffin

 IT'S A DOG'S LIFE: The dog belonged to musical duo "The Hoffmans" who were busking in Peel Street, Tamworth,  on Australia Day. Picture: Sandra Brown

IT'S A DOG'S LIFE: The dog belonged to musical duo "The Hoffmans" who were busking in Peel Street, Tamworth, on Australia Day. Picture: Sandra Brown

FREE:  Picture: Emily Tully

FREE: Picture: Emily Tully

OK BUDDY! THIS IS MY BACKYARD SO MOVE ON:  "Larry the Lizard" is a Water Dragon who lives in our backyard and comes out most days to lie in the Summer sunshine. Picture: David Corney

OK BUDDY! THIS IS MY BACKYARD SO MOVE ON: "Larry the Lizard" is a Water Dragon who lives in our backyard and comes out most days to lie in the Summer sunshine. Picture: David Corney

WARNERS BAY BOATIES: This pic was taken during one Friday evening in early January 2013 while I was attending Music in the Podium at Warners Bay. Picture:  Sandra Brown

WARNERS BAY BOATIES: This pic was taken during one Friday evening in early January 2013 while I was attending Music in the Podium at Warners Bay. Picture: Sandra Brown

LATTE DRINKING PARROT:    Picture: Gordon Bender

LATTE DRINKING PARROT: Picture: Gordon Bender

Picture: Taylah Douglass

Picture: Taylah Douglass

REDBELLY YAWN:  Taken at The Hunter Valley Zoo at Nulkaba on a very warm Summer Day of a Red Belly Black Snake. Picture: Kerensa J Mitchell

REDBELLY YAWN: Taken at The Hunter Valley Zoo at Nulkaba on a very warm Summer Day of a Red Belly Black Snake. Picture: Kerensa J Mitchell

STAIRWAY TO THE MOON: After a trip to Broome I was inspired and it reminded me of the moon rising I had seen in Tanilba Bay. Full moon rising on a perfect summer evening. Picture: Pam McKinney

STAIRWAY TO THE MOON: After a trip to Broome I was inspired and it reminded me of the moon rising I had seen in Tanilba Bay. Full moon rising on a perfect summer evening. Picture: Pam McKinney

THE BATHER: Picture: Ranec Burton

THE BATHER: Picture: Ranec Burton

NEW YEARS DAY SUNRISE: Up early....went for a drive....met some great people....took this photo Picture: Jaki Shipp

NEW YEARS DAY SUNRISE: Up early....went for a drive....met some great people....took this photo Picture: Jaki Shipp

SPREAD YOUR WINGS: 2014 brings an opportunity to spread your wings and fly away to new places. Picture: Samantha Parnell-Wilson

SPREAD YOUR WINGS: 2014 brings an opportunity to spread your wings and fly away to new places. Picture: Samantha Parnell-Wilson

SUN AND SOLE: At Merewether beach. Picture: Kate Clare

SUN AND SOLE: At Merewether beach. Picture: Kate Clare

NEWCASTLE BEACH: Newcastle beach in the evening with the surf pounding in. Picture: Ferg Hyde

NEWCASTLE BEACH: Newcastle beach in the evening with the surf pounding in. Picture: Ferg Hyde

MORNING YOGA: Morning Yoga at King Edward Park. Picture: Michell Faithfull

MORNING YOGA: Morning Yoga at King Edward Park. Picture: Michell Faithfull

SALUTING THE SUMMER ‘SUN’: Taken near the Canoe Pool in early February.  Picture: Kate Winn-Clare

SALUTING THE SUMMER ‘SUN’: Taken near the Canoe Pool in early February. Picture: Kate Winn-Clare

FLOATER: In the shallows at Newcastle South Beach.  Picture: Ian Harding

FLOATER: In the shallows at Newcastle South Beach. Picture: Ian Harding

BUBBLE MAGIC: Testing out our new bubble machine. Picture: Emma Foster

BUBBLE MAGIC: Testing out our new bubble machine. Picture: Emma Foster

ST ANDREWS CROSS SPIDER: This took quite the effort to capture but I was stoked with the result. Picture: James Miller

ST ANDREWS CROSS SPIDER: This took quite the effort to capture but I was stoked with the result. Picture: James Miller

CUT ABOVE THE REST: This kid was freesurfing during the surfest contest and boosting heaps of these airs so I started shooting.  Picture: Cory Kipa

CUT ABOVE THE REST: This kid was freesurfing during the surfest contest and boosting heaps of these airs so I started shooting. Picture: Cory Kipa

SUMMER FUN: Kai, aged 11, enjoying summer holidays.  Picture: Lisa Gibson

SUMMER FUN: Kai, aged 11, enjoying summer holidays. Picture: Lisa Gibson

GIRL IN CONTEMPLATION: The sunset at Nobbys makes for some deep thinking.  Picture: Scott Gilbert

GIRL IN CONTEMPLATION: The sunset at Nobbys makes for some deep thinking. Picture: Scott Gilbert

LOVING SUMMER: Boxing Day at the beach. Picture: Jeff Aranas

LOVING SUMMER: Boxing Day at the beach. Picture: Jeff Aranas

HEAD FIRST: Nicola Hitchcock and cousin Emily Turner in Scone on Emily’s water slide.  Picture: Ian Hitchcock

HEAD FIRST: Nicola Hitchcock and cousin Emily Turner in Scone on Emily’s water slide. Picture: Ian Hitchcock

BACON THIEF: The Kookaburra at Mong Out Farm & Bayside Retreat. This little guy steals from the morning BBQ.  Picture: Dave Brazier

BACON THIEF: The Kookaburra at Mong Out Farm & Bayside Retreat. This little guy steals from the morning BBQ. Picture: Dave Brazier

"Pensive lifesaver" Taken on beach at Grassy Head , near Macksville, it looks like he is standing on water but it was high tide and an almost cloudless sky. Picyture: Geoff Lynch

"Pensive lifesaver" Taken on beach at Grassy Head , near Macksville, it looks like he is standing on water but it was high tide and an almost cloudless sky. Picyture: Geoff Lynch

SUMMER EVENING ON STOCKTON: One of my best mates said in primary school that one day he'd buy a jeep and we'd go fishing up near the Sygna. 17 years later he ended up buying that jeep he'd talked about, and we went fishing near the Sygna the weekend before Christmas this year. Picture Ronnie Watts

SUMMER EVENING ON STOCKTON: One of my best mates said in primary school that one day he'd buy a jeep and we'd go fishing up near the Sygna. 17 years later he ended up buying that jeep he'd talked about, and we went fishing near the Sygna the weekend before Christmas this year. Picture Ronnie Watts

PLAY TIME: A beautiful day  on Boxing Day at Pelican, Lake Macquarie.  Picture: Mary-Anne  Monckton

PLAY TIME: A beautiful day on Boxing Day at Pelican, Lake Macquarie. Picture: Mary-Anne Monckton

'Sunset Reflections' With clouds looming in the evening sky, the sun is seen setting over Birubi Beach in Port Stephens. Picture: Tim Gray

'Sunset Reflections' With clouds looming in the evening sky, the sun is seen setting over Birubi Beach in Port Stephens. Picture: Tim Gray

"Doggy Walrus" Mishka's whiskers remind me of a Walrus and we sing I am a Walrus to her all the time - she loves it!! Picture:  Tracey Brandscheid

"Doggy Walrus" Mishka's whiskers remind me of a Walrus and we sing I am a Walrus to her all the time - she loves it!! Picture: Tracey Brandscheid

FUN IN THE MUD: A skin tonic like no other.  Picture: Rebecca Bushell

FUN IN THE MUD: A skin tonic like no other. Picture: Rebecca Bushell

BALLOON FIESTA: Pokolbin at sunrise. Picture: Rebecca Bushell

BALLOON FIESTA: Pokolbin at sunrise. Picture: Rebecca Bushell

THE PINES:The Pines are very iconic to any Stockton surfers and most residents, this was during the fires around October this year. Picture Anthony Mitchell

THE PINES:The Pines are very iconic to any Stockton surfers and most residents, this was during the fires around October this year. Picture Anthony Mitchell

ALL TO OURSELVES: The photographer’s fiancee Sarah and Maxie, Birubi Beach.  Picture: Murray Flannigan

ALL TO OURSELVES: The photographer’s fiancee Sarah and Maxie, Birubi Beach. Picture: Murray Flannigan

SUNSET IN NEWCASTLE: The rich, warm colour of orange in this sunset shows a true Aussie summer. Picture:  Krystal Dahms

SUNSET IN NEWCASTLE: The rich, warm colour of orange in this sunset shows a true Aussie summer. Picture: Krystal Dahms

"Learn to surf step 1, balance " Max learning to surf by practising balancing on the lake first. Picture: Teressa McCullum

"Learn to surf step 1, balance " Max learning to surf by practising balancing on the lake first. Picture: Teressa McCullum

"Fisherman in simmering sunset with dusk arising."  Picture: Ricky Prouse

"Fisherman in simmering sunset with dusk arising." Picture: Ricky Prouse

"Sand play at Cable Beach" Picture: Nick Feros

"Sand play at Cable Beach" Picture: Nick Feros

"Summer Fun" A bit fun with some mates on the lake. Picture: Blake Mink

"Summer Fun" A bit fun with some mates on the lake. Picture: Blake Mink

"Summer Holiday dressing Up" We always dress up the dogs and take photos for our Xmas cards. Picture Stephen Museth

"Summer Holiday dressing Up" We always dress up the dogs and take photos for our Xmas cards. Picture Stephen Museth

FIRE LIGHT: One night in autumn while wandering along the Stockton Breakwall.  Picture: Ferg Hyde

FIRE LIGHT: One night in autumn while wandering along the Stockton Breakwall. Picture: Ferg Hyde

TINY ROULETTES: ‘‘I got plenty of photos of the Roulettes but when the opportunity arose to snap a shot of this gentleman in the foreground as a reference, I took it,’’ says the photographer.  Picture: Ferg Hyde

TINY ROULETTES: ‘‘I got plenty of photos of the Roulettes but when the opportunity arose to snap a shot of this gentleman in the foreground as a reference, I took it,’’ says the photographer. Picture: Ferg Hyde

WATERSPOUT: Nobbys waterspout on   February 13, 2012, as the photographers were out for a stroll. The storm came across Newcastle and Stockton shortly afterwards.  Picture: Lyn & Paul White

WATERSPOUT: Nobbys waterspout on February 13, 2012, as the photographers were out for a stroll. The storm came across Newcastle and Stockton shortly afterwards. Picture: Lyn & Paul White

OBLIVIOUS: A young teenager too busy on his phone to watch  the amazing view. Picture: Jonty Carlin

OBLIVIOUS: A young teenager too busy on his phone to watch the amazing view. Picture: Jonty Carlin

BOMB GONE: A white heron in relief mode, at Carey Bay Wetlands.   Picture: John Sharples

BOMB GONE: A white heron in relief mode, at Carey Bay Wetlands. Picture: John Sharples

NOTHING LIKE NOBBYS:  The photographer’s daughters enjoy a  day at the beach.  Picture: Kristina Snowden

NOTHING LIKE NOBBYS: The photographer’s daughters enjoy a day at the beach. Picture: Kristina Snowden

CHRISTMAS BALL: Afternoon sea change at Merewether Surfhouse.  Picture: Jacob Blenkinsop

CHRISTMAS BALL: Afternoon sea change at Merewether Surfhouse. Picture: Jacob Blenkinsop

SPRINKLER FUN: The perfect way to stay cool on a 37-degree day.   Picture: Kerryn Clarke

SPRINKLER FUN: The perfect way to stay cool on a 37-degree day. Picture: Kerryn Clarke

The online entry form for how to vote in the readers' choice section of the Summer Herald photo competition will be available here from Tuesday, January 28,  when we announce the finalists.

Enjoy these entries in the Newcastle Herald Summer Herald photo comp – our annual search for the Hunter’s best backyard photographer.  

Finalists will be announced online and in the paper on Tuesday, January 28, and winners announced online and in the paper on Tuesday, Feb 4. 

Prizes include one of three Canon digital camera packages with Tamron lenses from Domayne, Kotara.

The best photo will win a Canon 1100D with 18-270mm Tamron lens valued at $1398. Second prize is a Canon 1100D with 18-200mm Tamron lens valued at $998.

This year we introduce a readers’ choice award where you can vote online for your favourite image from among the finalists.

The winner will receive a Canon 1100D with 18-55mm Canon lens and a 70-300mm Tamron zoom lens, valued at $798.