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WE live in undoubtedly one of the most picturesque cities in the world – but can you capture the magic of Edinburgh with just one image?

Snappers who think they can are being given the chance to see their photographs displayed in a major new exhibition at the City Art Centre next year.

Entry by Adam Bell

Entry by Adam Bell

The city council is searching for six striking shots of the Capital to sit alongside some of the greatest artworks in its collection.

Photographers with a keen eye for the Capital are being invited to ‘Capture Edinburgh’ and win a rare opportunity to see their images hanging in the gallery amongst one of the best collections of Scottish art.

The #CaptureEdinburgh competition is the first of its kind, open to amateurs, enthusiasts, students and professionals, which will offer local people the opportunity to capture and demonstrate what the city means to them through photography.

An atmospheric haar hanging over Arthur’s Seat, scenes of Edinburgh after dark, the colourful shop fronts of Victoria Street or images of the festivals, fashion and changing face of the city will be considered ahead of the entry deadline on January 31.

Observing the Stars by Michael Boyd

Observing the Stars by Michael Boyd

Eager photographers can enter for free on the City Art Centre Facebook page.

Winners will be chosen in February by a panel of Edinburgh Museum and Gallery curators and contemporary photography experts including Ben Harman, director of the Stills Centre for Photography.

Councillor Richard Lewis, the city’s culture leader, said: “Edinburgh’s closes and crescents, cityscape and scenery are a photographers’ dream.

“This is a rare opportunity for some of the best contemporary photography of Edinburgh to be displayed in a major exhibition celebrating the story of the city.

Photo submitted by Wull Taylor

Photo submitted by Wull Taylor

“Not only will the winning images sit side-by-side with famous artworks from the city’s nationally recognised collection which is regularly enjoyed by international audiences, they will be treasured for many years and generations to come in the care of the Council’s museums and galleries collection.”

The images will make up an exhibition telling the story of home.

Photographers will be given a wide scope with entries considered in any of the following categories: after dark; changing city; on the inside; a festivals and event city; in all weathers; fashion and retail.

To be win with a chance of winning, entrants must like and follow the City Art Centre Facebook page and post submissions online using #CaptureEdinburgh with a title for the image, the location it was taken and category being entered.

Paper copies must also be submitted to the City Art Centre building.

Photographers will retain their copyrights.

The City Art Centre was converted from the Scotsman newspaper offices to gallery use in 1980 and houses exhibition galleries over six floors.

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