A NEW photographic competition aims to capture the things people love about Portland.
Images of the ocean, the city's historic buildings and the harbour are all expected to feature in the inaugural 'I Love Portland' contest.
Residents are being urged to pull out their cameras this month to snap a shot illustrating what they love about their home town for the chance to win prizes.
The competition is being organised by Portland Seaview Real Estate in association with the Julia Street Creative Space.
The event was launched following the success of the I Love Portland Facebook group which has attracted more than 730 members .
"Daily we have people posting fantastic photographs of what they have been doing in Portland," Seaview director and I Love Portland administrator Allan Barrett said. "It gave us the thought that we should showcase these beautiful shots further so everyone could enjoy them and see why we love our beautiful city."
Melbourne-based photographer and former local Nicole Cleary will judge the winning entries. "I would love to see some fun pictures, great composition, original ideas and of course a showcase of some of Portland's greatest assets," Cleary said.
"Try new things, experiment. I see this as a showcase of not only Portland scenery, but also its wonderfully creative community." The former Portland Observer photographer said the city had been a great influence on her career.
"Portland will always hold a special place for me. On any given day, the light changes so much, along with the weather, so you don't have to wait long for the perfect light for photographs. The surrounding beaches are endless sources of beautiful moody pictures," she said.
Entries for the competition are now open in four categories Portland from the Sea; Portland, People and Places; Open; and a kids' section. The images will feature in an exhibition at the Julia Street Creative Space, launched with an opening night on Thursday June 7, and displayed over the long weekend to Monday, June 11.
Entry forms are available online at www.portlandseaview.com.au and close on June 4.