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Your news, your pictures

Meghan Smith: "Here is a picture I took of my friend Rachel one afternoon - the lighting was perfect ."

News can happen anywhere at any time and we want you to be our eyes.

Send us your short video clips and pictures to:



MMS from the UK:

International MMS:
+44 7725 100100

When taking photos or filming please do not endanger yourself or others, take unnecessary risks or infringe any laws.

If you capture a news event on a camera or mobile phone, either as a photograph or video, then please send it to BBC News.

Spot news

We have received thousands of images from around the world of both major news events and local issues.

It was you who captured some of the most powerful images from major events such as the attack on the London transport network in July 2005, the storms that swept the UK in January 2007 and the Asian tsunami of December 2004.

If you take a picture of any event you should not endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws.

Your perspective

Remember, whilst we are after news images we're also interested in your visual interpretation of both local and global issues as well as just great pictures of your daily lives.

Each week our picture editor will select and publish the best of those each Friday - so do keep on sending them in.

What we need

You can submit video, single photographs or a series that tell a story for a photo essay.

Remember that we do need some text to accompany the pictures. A brief guide to shooting a photo essay can be found below.

Barbara Callister: "This picture was taken at high tide in Castletown. I had a hard job standing against the wind."

Any photographs or video directly related to a current news event may be used immediately on any BBC News outlet.

How to submit a picture

So if you think you have a news photograph or video we may be interested in, send it to the BBC News website.

If you want to e-mail it to us, send it to

If you want to send a picture message from your mobile phone then ideally use the email function and send it to the above address.

If you need to send it via MMS and you are within the UK you can send it to our short code number 61124.

If you are outside the UK then send it to +44 (0)7725 100 100 and include your contact number as text within the message.

Add the above e-mail address and MMS numbers to your mobile phone and address books now - you never know when you may capture that historic moment.

Don't forget to include your name and some background information as to what the image is about and why you took the picture as this will increase your chances of selection.

You should also include your telephone number so we can get back to you.

Guide to shooting a Photo Essay

Ideally, you should aim to take a variety of photographs - it's a good idea to plan the story before you start. A good first photo would be one that introduces the subject to the readers.

Make sure you take some close-up photos as well as some wider pictures to show the subject's environment but remember to include something in the foreground to add impact.

When you take the picture, remember to look up or down to see what's around you. You might get a better shot if you kneel, or find a position to look down from.

The completed photo essay will have no more than 10 photographs, but you can send us more to choose from.

Make sure you have permission from anyone pictured before submitting the photographs.

Each picture will need a caption.

Who, what, why, where and when is a good place to start when gathering information for the caption, but where possible quotes from those pictured and a description of how you are feeling will help bring the essay to life.

We don't need many words - no more than 40 per picture.

Terms and conditions

If you submit an image, you do so in accordance with the BBC's Terms and Conditions.

In contributing to BBC News you agree to grant us a royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to publish and otherwise use the material in any way that we want, and in any media worldwide. This may include the transmission of the material by our overseas partners; these are all reputable foreign news broadcasters who are prohibited from altering the material in any way or making it available to other UK broadcasters or to the print media. (See the Terms and Conditions for the full terms of our rights.)

It's important to note, however, that you still own the copyright to everything you contribute to BBC News and that if your image and/or video is accepted, we will endeavour to publish your name alongside it on the BBC News website. Please note that due to operational reasons this accreditation will probably not be possible with video. The BBC cannot guarantee that all pictures and/or video will be used and we reserve the right to edit your comments.

At no time should you endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws.

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