The deadline for entries to the seventh Times Young Photographer of the Year competition, sponsored by Nikon, is 10 May.

The winner will get a coveted 6-month paid contract at The Times.

And also, for the first time, a 12-page colour supplement will be published in June, announcing the winner with their first interview, and a showcase of the runner-up entries.

The Times adds that the competition has served as a launch pad for talent with the six previous winners all having gone on to top jobs in the industry as well as many of the runners up.

The competition is open to any UK and Republic of Ireland resident aged between 19 and 25.

As Bob Kirwin, the associate picture editor on the newspaper, explains, he and his fellow judges are not looking solely for current affairs images.

"We want someone who can show a little flair and imagination - we want to be visually excited. What we do is set you three different categories to work in: Sport, Reportage and Lifestyle/Fashion."

"It's up to you to interpret those different subjects and send us three images - one image for each category - that you think will make us sit up and pay attention. Don't try to be too clever: if you need to explain your picture in a lengthy caption then the picture isn't working. A powerful picture needs no explanation - it speaks for itself."

The rules and regs, and information on how to upload your images onto the competition's microsite are available via the link below.