Readers have an eye for a good picture
We have received hundreds of pictures in our Love photography competition – and here are some of our favourites from the the final set of entries.
While 14-year-old Lucy Whitehead's innovative shot of her beloved Converse boots caught the eye of judges, there were dozens of other brilliant entries sent in to us (see Page 3).
They included a touching portrait of friendship taken by teenager Emily Askew, of Stocking Farm, Leicester.
She said: "The photo is of my friends in Abbey Park on a beautiful day at the beginning of April.
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"It's our last year in school together before we all leave to separate colleges after five years of being in the same form.
"I love them all and will miss being able to see them every day."
Joseph Whitsey, 12, of Netherhall, Leicester, said: "My picture is of my two dogs, Chilly, who is a Staffordshire bull terrier, and Marlon, my Jack Russell. The title is called Sibling Love. They get on really well and are the very best of friends."
The picture sent in by Linda Phipps, 62, of Glenfield, is a cute snapshot of two goslings snuggling at Groby Pool.
She said: "I was delighted to see them and the watchful parents did not mind me getting up fairly close to them with my camera.
"I must admit to taking quite a few shots of these adorable chicks, which were two out of a family of five."
Other notable entries included two photographs, both entitled Sisterly Love, taken by Damian Cox, of Beaumont Leys, Leicester.
Leicester Mercury chief photographer Andy Baker said: "We've been very impressed with the quality and variety of photographs sent in to us over the past few months.
"I'd like to congratulate everyone for taking part.
"Readers have showed imagination and we've had some very touching and extremely cute entires which certainly show an eye for a good photograph."