We asked our readers to send in their best pictures on the theme "new beginnings". Here are some of the pictures we received from around the world.

image source, Craig Hannahimage captionCraig Hannah: "First signs of life three weeks after the huge fire on Saddleworth Moor in July 2018."image source, Iwona Marciszewskaimage captionIwona Marciszewska: "Enjoying the full blossom of our magnolia tree during a very warm spring night, just before Covid lockdown."image source, Vadims Pjatrikovsimage captionVadims Pjatrikovs: "The cycle of life is an inevitable part of nature. And what appears to be dead can give birth to something as gorgeous as this bright and sunny tropical plant."image source, Demmi Havenhandimage captionDemmi Havenhand: "This picture, to me, shows a new way of life. Taken as lockdown restrictions eased, it shows my sister through a shop window. Masks are now a regular part of life we would never have expected, and I feel as though this image encapsulates the theme of new beginnings."image source, Stuart Manktelowimage captionStuart Manktelow: "Early morning at Port Lympne, Hythe, Kent. One of the new cubs with his mum."image source, Doris Endersimage captionDoris Enders: "A bud of a chive flower ready to open."image source, Philip Crawleyimage captionPhilip Crawley: "Baby kingbird waiting for parent to feed it."image source, Vera Rosenbluethimage captionVera Rosenblueth: "A litter of six Mexican Xoloitzcuintli dogs, five hairless, one white and full of hair: a new beginning."image source, Sandhya Bhattaramimage captionSandhya Bhattaram: "A ray of hope and new beginnings."image source, Yvonne Warrinerimage captionYvonne Warriner: "This kitten's first steps outdoors after her mum was fostered to help with the birth of the kittens."image source, Lynn Griffithsimage captionLynn Griffiths: "A lovely Canada Goose gosling almost straight after hatching. It was struggling to find its feet as it took its first steps. Seen in the New Forest where I was walking."image source, Natalie Montanaro:image captionNatalie Montanaro: "Just three friends welcoming in the New Year with a sparkle. We have been sidetracked by the pandemic all this past year, so a little optimism was in order."image source, Linda Roweimage captionLinda Rowe: "Wild ponies on the Longmynd (Shropshire Hills); a mother and her foal."image source, Anton Glaeserimage captionAnton Glaeser: "Every new beginning starts with a courageous first step."image source, Valter Zharaimage captionAnd finally, Valter Zhara sent in this picture capturing the beauty of hiking.

The next theme is "derelict", and the deadline for entries is 5 October 2021.

The pictures will be published later that week and you will be able to find them, along with other galleries, on the In Pictures section of the website.

You can upload your entries on this page or email them to [email protected]

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Further details and themes are at: We set the theme, you take the pictures.

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