Chronicle readers are invited to take part in a photographic competition to celebrate the splendour of the River Dee.

Bosses at ChesterBoat, who run pleasure cruises along the waterway, are giving their website a make-over and are including a photographic gallery showing the best images.

Entrants are asked to send The Chronicle any old or new snaps they have tucked away with the best of the crop featuring in the newspaper’s online gallery.

With four bridges straddling the river, picture book bandstand perched near the river’s edge and bubbling weir, the beauty spot is a popular attraction for photographers.

Nick Hancock, general manager, said: “We want as many Chronicle readers as possible to join in our competition with good quality photographs.

“The River Dee is an absolute gift for anyone with a camera and we’re confident we’ll see some fantastic pictures coming through for our gallery.

“There’s plenty of wildlife to capture on film, sporting events such as regattas as well as general views.

“While it’s a great opportunity for people to take new photographs we’re also very interested in old photographs too.

“If we were lucky enough to receive any images in sepia what would be absolutely marvellous.

“With digital technology we might be able to touch up any older photographs that have faded or are slightly damaged.”

The panel of judges includes Chronicle photographer Ian Cooper.

ChesterBoat are offering a first prize of a £200 voucher to spend at a local camera shop.

For second, third and fourth place each will receive a trip for two people on the company’s popular fish and chip evening cruises, complete with a complimentary bottle of wine.

Any images selected for the company’s website will be rewarded with either a half-hour or two-hour cruise along the river for two people.

Photographs should be emailed to or copies of originals posted to Petra Mann, The Chronicle , Maple House, Sealand Road, Chester CH1 4RN.

The competition closes on April 11.