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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 April, 2005, 14:15 GMT 15:15 UK
Your news, your election pictures
Andrew Vorobyov's photo of the "orange revolution" in Ukraine

News can happen anytime, anywhere. So we need you to be our eyes throughout this election campaign.

If you find yourself in the right place at the right time, if an event is unfolding before your eyes and you capture it on a camera or mobile phone, either as a photograph or video, then please send it to BBC News.

Email your pictures and video to:

Spot news

When tragedy strikes the news crews are not far behind and the tsunami that caused widespread devastation throughout Asia towards the end of 2004 was no exception.


However, the journalists were there to record the aftermath, but it was you who sent in hundreds of stills and videos of the moment disaster struck.

There are many more examples of amateur photographers being in the right place, with the right skills and the right equipment.

Some of these show major national events, others more local ones. We'd like to see them all.

Your perspective

Remember, whilst we are after news images we're also interested in your visual interpretation of both local and national political issues as well as just great pictures of the campaign.

Our picture editor will select and publish the best of them - 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.

Any photographs or video directly related to the election campaign 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 you are proud of, send it 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, dial 00 44 (0)7970 885089.

Add the above e-mail address 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.

If you want more information please contact our Picture Editor at the above e-mail address.

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.

Ray's last weeks

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. (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.



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