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Amateur photographers can enter the Your Best Shot contest

Check these links to read expert photography advice from local professional photographers, Andrew Simpson and Jason Brown

More than 1,100 entries have been received to date. Check out the video above to see a few photos already submitted, or visit the contest page to upload your own amateur photography.

Amateurs photographers from around B.C. can bring their unique perspective to the Black Press "Your Best Shot" contest.

The new Your Best Shot contest is open to amateur photographers from across the province. Photographers are encouraged to send in their favourite photos from the past 12 months, including those taken during Canada Day.

Whether it's an action-packed sports shot, a colourful scenic landscape or an amazing portrait, budding photographers are encouraged to send it in.

Contestants can submit up to five of their favourite photos for a chance to win some spectacular prizes.

The contest, which is being presented by London Drugs, Black Press and the Abbotsford International Airshow, is open now and runs until July 4.

All photos will be judged by a panel of experts on subject, composition, impact and other criteria.

Finalists will receive full VIP access to the Abbotsford International Airshow, which runs August 8 to 10, with preferred viewing to take photos of all the action. They will also compete for more than $1,500 in prizes and the chance to be named the Next Generation Amateur Photographer of the Year.

Last year, Black Press received more than 2,000 entries for the Your Best Shot contest from amateur photographers from Kelowna, Hope, Vancouver and communities around B.C. More than 70 finalists gathered at the Abbotsford International Airshow, submitting their best photos for the final competition. The winner of last year's Next Generation Amateur Photographer of the Year award was Rod Jones of Abbotsford.

This year's airshow will feature all-time favourite static and air displays, as well as the the first ever twilight show complete with pyrotechnics.

The twilight show will be held the evening of Friday, Aug. 8, starting early in the evening. It will continue through sunset, where visitors will see the visible afterburner plume of the CF-18 Hornet jet fighter demonstrate the power and agility of the aircraft. Finally, there will be an explosive wall of fire, glowing hot air balloons, a jet-powered schoolbus belching out flame and smoke and some incredible aerobatic performances in the dark by aircraft with pyrotechnics on their wings. The show will be capped by a final display of fireworks.

The show will also feature the Snowbirds, RCAF CF-18 Hornet Fighter Jet demonstrations, the Bremont Horsemen, the AceMaker T33 Silver Star, Team Rocket, Matt Younkin, Dan Buchanan and Warbirds.

To submit an entry, click here.

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