AMATEUR photographers will be getting their cameras poised to snap East Ayrshire landmarks for a charity venture.

They aim to get in the frame by featuring in the 2018 Ayrshire Hospice calender — with one winner having their picture on the front cover.

This year’s theme — Lochs, Rivers and Hillsides Featuring Ayrshire Landmarks — is open to individual interpretation by amateur photographers.

Last year’s response was tremendous, with images from the east, north and south of the county shown at their spectacular best.

Senior fundraising officer at the hospice, Claire Stuart-Paulin, is pictured with copies of the 2017 version.

She said : “The competition was really successful last year and we were delighted with the number of entries.

“Each photograph was as beautiful as the next and picking just 12 of them was a difficult decision, but in the end we were delighted with the final selection.

“We are extremely grateful to Vennal Cameras in Ayr who are once again sponsoring the competition and have donated a £150 voucher for the winner — a great prize for any keen photographer.”

A panel of hospice judges will once again have the difficult, but pleasing, task of choosing the 12 calendar photographs.

The hospice calendar has been in production for the last 10 years and sells more than 2,000 copies annually raising much needed funds for vital hospice services.

Closing date for the competition is on Sunday, May 7. Images must be in colour, high quality, high resolution (300DPI) and in landscape format.

Full terms and conditions can be found on the hospice website or by calling Claire on 01292 288488.

Serving all of Ayrshire, the hospice provides outstanding quality care which helps those with any life-limiting illness.

Care is provided where there is no cure for the condition.

During 2015-16 it had 1,262 referrals including 442 from East Ayrshire, 416 from South Ayrshire and 391 from North Ayrshire.

There is a retail unit, selling various products, at 30 Townhead Street in Cumnock.